music by trinity roots
Hollywood has its dinosaur-infested lost islands, now one of New Zealand’s last unspoilt wildernesses can boast a few reptilian surprises of its own.
The Sinbad Valley, tucked away in a corner of Fiordland, has revealed a range of weird and wonderful new species over the years, including wetas and other insects.
But now a handful of never before seen lizards – distant relatives of dinosaurs – have set scientists’ pulses racing.
“It was a funny-looking bugger, with huge eyes and big feet. I knew it was something not known to science.”
photograph by rod morris
Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua has celebrated the end of another hugely successful Kiwi season. Over the course of the 2006/07 season, 112 kiwi eggs were successfully hatched and a further 18 chicks brought in to Kiwi Encounter from the wild, leaving the operation on track to release over 120 kiwis back into their natural environment .
The last two eggs expected in from the wild were due to arrive before Easter after Tongariro DOC workers monitored a bird sitting on eggs for just over 60 days. However, they received an unusual surprise when they went in to make the collection – they discovered a wine bottle, not an egg! The male kiwi (who was hatched and raised at Kiwi Encounter) had ‘’incubated” the wine bottle for 63 days! more
The other day a guy came in a ute , ( robert ) he had a bit of a map in his hand , with bright red lines on it and these lines go around pretty much the intended southern side of the larger restoration project , so sent by the animal health board, the six of them have the task to take some possums from the area and do a survey , this makes it thee time to follow up with this and block these areas off, making the one intensive wall on this southern side of the project, so thats going to open up the time to just make these areas as impenetrable as possible ,
When this is done one half of the larger project will be well underway , we start making sure also ther are no stoats or ferrets in the area or surrounds , your work doing that will probably be a bit further out along that southern wall , the rivers once again helping on the other two sides ,
so this is happening now , and the effect and benift of there visit will probaly last a week or three in the area , so yes it was a nice visit, and is a good opportunity .
lovely day at the wellington botanical gardens, a camera , some albinoni …