Call for submissions: Effects of conservation intervention on frogs

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Thu, 30/07/2015 - 19:38

The Department of Conservation have extended the timeframe for comments until August 26 2015. For more information on the outside in process (review of widlife, research and collection authorisations) please see the DOC website

Members are encouraged to provide their comments to DOC on the review of wildlife, research and collection authorisation process (outside in). An extension has been given till the 26th of August 2015.

NZ Ecological Society Conference November 2015

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Sat, 04/07/2015 - 13:20

The New Zealand Ecological Society conference will be held at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch from the 15th - 19th of November 2015. Registration and abstract submissions for the general sessions are now open, with a due date of 1st of September.

The New Zealand Ecological Society promotes the study of ecology and the application of ecological knowledge in all its aspects.

The passing of a great herpetologist Tony Whitaker 1944 - 2014

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Tue, 25/02/2014 - 18:53

The NZHS is deeply saddened by news of the loss of Tony Whitaker, arguably New Zealand’s greatest herpetologist!

Tony was hugely respected by all New Zealand ecologists and scientists, having been at the forefront of New Zealand herpetology for more than 40 years.

Recently, he was a recipient of a 2010 MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to herpetology and was the keynote speaker at the 2011 SRARNZ Conference.

The ‘Nationally Endangered’ Whitaker’s skink is named in his honour.

The effects of Glyphosate based herbicides on lizards

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Wed, 02/10/2013 - 09:25

Glyphosate-based herbicides are one of DOC's most commonly used herbicides. However, glyphosate-based formulations that also contain the surfactant polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) have been found to change skinks' thermoregulatory behaviour and possibly cause slower sprint speeds. Based on this research, it is recommended that glyphosate formulations containing POEA (e.g. Roundup) should not be used in areas that are inhabited by rare or threatened lizard species.

Lizards alert for wildlife census

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Mon, 22/04/2013 - 08:40

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN: Wellington is home to eight species of gecko and skink but their numbers are thought to be in decline because of predators and a loss of habitat.

Wellington City Council has made a cold-blooded appeal to the public to contribute sightings of lizards for its census.

Article found here:

Emerging fungal disease CANV

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Fri, 22/02/2013 - 11:18

The NZHS has been asked to aid DOC and MPI in detected and reporting an emerging fungal disease in captive reptiles, called CANV.

Please read this News Bulletin and the attached documentation to see how you can help.

A fungal disease (CANV) has recently been detected in New Zealand and the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) are working together to enhance surveillence efforts and collect information on the distribution and effects of the disease.