This is a timely reblog, so the info is not new. A good reminder though … I’m disturbed at the frequent comments I read by visitors & locals that there are not as many native birds in the bush as there used to be. This is most concerning. One comment I read was by a tramper in the Tongariro area. She was not as far as I know even aware of the 1080 concerns many of us have, or of the poisoning program. It was merely an observation.
DOC has received $3.5 billion of taxpayer’s money in the past decade, and not a single endangered bird species is in recovery on mainland NZ. And they have another significant drop planned for 2016.
From Bill Wallace at stuff.co.nz
“DOC is currently preparing the New Zealand public for another massive aerial 1080 poisoning of our forests in winter 2016, supposedly in response to yet another beech mast.
Masts or good flowering years of beech trees and other native plants are normal sporadic events. Some native birds only breed in mast years, it’s the way of nature, fluctuations of populations in response to food supply and environmental conditions. The same natural fluctuations occur with introduced species.
Last year’s Battle for the Birds poisoned an area the size of Taranaki supposedly in response to a beech mast and rat plague. The beech mast was light to moderate in most areas, and rat…
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