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Resurrecting the New Zealand Jesus Bird

The ‘Jesus bird’ is the unique name given to storm petrels, small seabirds of the family Hydrobatidae, for their characteristic ability to ‘walk’ on water. Storm petrels are remarkable creatures. With a body-weight about the same as a house sparrow, ...

Mouse Invasion in New Zealand!

While we are working to clear Antipodes Island of mice, I recently learnt that one of New Zealand’s most important Nature Reserves, Maud Island, has been invaded by mice. Maud Island is a 318 hectare island in the beautiful Marlborough ...

Winter in the Subantarctic: Antipodes Island

In July 2013 the New Zealand Department of Conservation and University of Auckland jointly led a mid-winter trip to Antipodes Island in the remote New Zealand subantarctic, with support from the National Geographic Society. Four scientists travelled on the 50 ft yacht ‘...

Saving Birds from Extinction in the Mascarene Archipelago

This week I have returned to Reunion Island in the Mascarene archipelago (Western Indian Ocean) for a regional conference on landscape rat control to save birds at imminent risk of extinction. I haven’t been back to Reunion since I ...

How to Start a Subantarctic Expedition? With Quarantine

Nearly 100 years ago a shipwreck brought mice to the hard-to-reach Antipodes Islands just north of the Antarctic circle. Fast forward to today and the mice have devastated the island’s native species. National Geographic Grantee James Russell will embark on ...