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A record-breaking godwit known as E7 is refuelling in the Firth of
Thames after having made it all the way to Alaska and back wearing a
surgically implanted satellite transmitter.

The female bird was
the first of 16 bar-tailed godwits tagged in February by ecologist Dr
Phil Battley, from Massey University, to return to New Zealand.

Data provided by the transmitter meant that Dr Battley could confirm her
route, with her entire migratory journey clocking in at close to 30,000
km, and the southern return leg at more than 11,500km.

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Discover the hidden world of Wellington’s wild orchids: media releases

Pterostylis banksii (common greenhood), one of our most common orchids. Photo: Jeremy Rolfe/DOC.
Pterostylis banksii, one of our most
common orchids

Wellingtonians are being asked to keep their eyes peeled for their extraordinary, diverse and often cryptic native orchids when they venture into the outdoors.

Acknowledging the Wellington region as one of New Zealand’s “orchid hotspots”, the Department of Conservation has produced a field guide identifying 72 species of wild orchids in the lower North Island.

“We want to inspire people to head out and explore the region’s parks and reserves while searching for orchids that, once found, can be left for others to enjoy,” said Department of Conservation botanist John Sawyer, who co-authored the book with Peter de Lange, one of New Zealand’s leading plant conservation scientists; photographer and botanist Jeremy Rolfe, and national orchid expert Ian St George. full Media release

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