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Public talk

Art Polkanov: Post-pest eradication reptile recovery on Rangitoto-Motutapu

Event date:
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Event location:

Kelston Community Centre, 135 Awaroa Rd, Auckland. Corner of Great North Road and Awaroa Road.
New Zealand

Event type:
Public talk
Conservation area:
Region:
North Island

Professional wildlife biologist Dr Art Polkanov will be presenting the results of the tenth annual reptile survey, conducted on Rangitoto and Motutapu Island Reserves and the sixth one after the official declaration of pest free status of both islands in 2011. The survey involves the use of pitfall traps, artificial refuges and lizard houses at 22 monitoring stations, and active day and night searches which resulted in detection/capture/processing of 1483 lizards of six species in 2017 alone. The trends we found, lizard population growth and range expansion, are related to positive effects of the multi-species pest eradication. Reptiles have become the best indicators of  the ecosystem health.

Event contact

Name:
Liz Anstey
Phone:
0274762732

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