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takahe
March 15, 2012

Takahe are important flagship species for conservation in new Zealand. They were long thought extinct until 1948 when a small population was discovered in the fiordlands. Since then they have been conserved through creating sanctuaries and breeding programs. They have even been cross fostered by pukeko in order to bolster their numbers. It is thought they may have evolved from the pukeko and are closely related. (more...)

tags: Field trip Wellington

location: Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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craspedia
January 9, 2012

1) Craspedia is a genus of daisies. These daisies are native to New Zealand and Australia. Craspedia are related to sunflowers and have distinctive composite flowers. These larger "flowers" are in fact composed of several smaller flowers visible upon closer inspection. 2)These plants are composed of three seperate lineages, 2 of which are only found in Australia and the third which is found in New Zealand and Australia. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Field trip Stewart Island

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kiwi bird
January 9, 2012

1) The kiwi bird is a terrestrial flightless bird found only in New Zealand. Kiwi bird populations have been severely damaged by the introduction of mammalian predators to New Zealand. Kiwis are nocturnal animals. The females lay a single egg that can be up to 1/3 of her body mass. This mode of reproduction makes kiwis extra vulnerable to population crash. The birds probe with their long bills to collect food, mainly worms. (more...)

tags: Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

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