News 2009

Hidden jewels

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Mon, 06/07/2009 - 14:00

A film by a visiting researcher from Germany, and a University of Otago communications student, both keen to preserve New Zealand geckos in the wild.

Rosi is a visiting research student from Germany with many links to DoC and the local communities involved with Jewelled Gecko protection. Amanda Rogers is a Science Communication student at University of Otago. Click here to see a video about the Jewelled Geckos of Otago

New website for mapping community projects

Submitted by xequals on Tue, 30/06/2009 - 08:15

Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network aims to provide open source software solutions to community groups who want to use Geographic Information Systems to analyse their data and display the maps on the www.

This project was made possible through the Digital Strategy Fund "Community Partnership Fund 112" during the year 2008 - 2009.

World's smallest frog found

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Mon, 06/04/2009 - 09:25

As the smallest known frog species in the world's second largest mountain range, this new amphibian is easy to miss.

Scientists searching the Andes mountains in southern Peru spotted the coin-size creature -- a member of the Noblella genus -- in the leaf litter of a cloud forest between 3,025 and 3,190 metres.

Click here to see more about this frog on National Geographic news.

New listing of threatened status of New Zealand reptiles and amphibians

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Thu, 05/02/2009 - 10:25

The Department of Conservation is seeking submissions on the "New listing of threatened status of New Zealand reptiles and amphibians" Consultation closes: 28 February 2009

Call for submissions about any changes in status of NZ reptile and amphibian species. This will inform a revision of the reptile and amphibian lists in the NZ Threat Classification System.

Click here to visit the DOC pages on this issue.