Introduction

Watch videos about Battle for our Birds.

Returning the birdsong

DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki has dedicated her career to the protection of our unique native wildlife. Nicola and other DOC staff work hard to ensure that we have the right tools for the job.

1080 is a biodegradable toxin that targets mammals. With no native land mammals except for two tiny species of bat (which are also threatened by rats and stoats), New Zealand is perfectly placed to use 1080 as one of our most important pest control tools.

If we want our bird life back, if we want birdsong over valleys of silence, if we want to be predator free by 2050 - 1080 is one of the best tools we currently have.

This video explains why it is such a powerful tool which has the backing of scientists.

Introducing Battle for our Birds

DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki introduces the Battle for our Birds pest control programme:

DOC scientist Graeme Elliot talks about beech mast, predator plagues, and why the Battle for our Birds pest control programme is needed:

The benefit to our native species

DOC Scientist Colin O'Donnell talks about how Battle for our Birds benefits our bat species:

DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki explains the benefits of pest control for whio/blue duck:

DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki explains the benefits of pest control for kākā:

DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki explains the benefits of pest control for kea:

Saving threatened species in New Zealand and Australia

DOC Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki and Australian Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews are working together to save our threatened species.

Saving species isn't easy. It requires choices like using baiting compounds such as 1080 to eradicate feral predators. But our animals deserve our support. And our scientists can show us how to save them safely, effectively and justifiably.

Saving wildlife in the ancient podocarp forest at Lake Moeraki

Botanist Sir Alan Mark takes us into the ancient podocarp forests at Lake Moeraki in South Westland. Once saved from logging and now the wildlife are being saved by 1080.

Video produced by Forest & Bird.

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