If you are interested in conservation and ecology, New Zealand’s natural heritage or native flora and fauna, you can take your learning further here by following these links…
Conservation & Ecology – Non Government Organisations
Discover Wellington’s inspiring nature stories. Nature Connections explores, expresses and celebrates the way in which our fantastic Wellington eco-assets work together to protect, preserve and showcase the region’s unique environment.
ECO works to protect New Zealand’s unique natural heritage and to foster the relationship New Zealanders have with it. The natural environment is central to our culture, economy and identity. ECO acts to protect it for recreation, for its intrinsic quality and for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
NZERN is a non-profit, community-driven, membership-based organisation dedicated to sharing knowledge and experiences about ecological restoration in New Zealand.
Provides a common meeting ground for everyone interested in entomology (study of insects) in New Zealand. The Society aims to stimulate interest, encourage amateurs, and promote the profession of entomology by organising meetings, publishing information, awarding research and travel grants, and other activities. Membership is open to all.
WWF New Zealand promotes positive action to reduce the impacts of climate change. Campaigns to stop dolphins and seabirds being caught by fishers. Educates the next generation about the importance of managing our precious environment more sustainably, and resources communities in vital backyard conservation.
The New Zealand Conservation Management Group (CMaG) captive community continues to play an increasingly important role in ensuring the safety of our remaining precious NZ native species.
Established in 1996 to encourage sustainable land management through community involvement.
The two main centres of frog research and conservation in New Zealand (University of Otago Frog Research Group and Victoria University of Wellington Frog Research Group) came together in 2006 with a group of interested parties to form the NZFROG. This website has come about through collaboration of both centres.
Learn all about New Zealand’s herpetofauna (reptiles & amphibians). The Society endeavors to cater for all levels of interest in herpetology, from the school pupil who finds that lizards and frogs make interesting pets, to the person engaged in serious scientific study or captive breeding programmes.
Conservation & Ecology – Governmental Websites
DOC runs programmes to protect and restore our species, places and heritage, and provides opportunities for people to engage with these treasures. On this site you can learn all about our native plants and animals, pests and threats and wildlife habitats.
Legally protecting land for conservation purposes is one method that can help to preserve New Zealand’s biodiversity and its services. This snapshot report provides information on legally protected land in New Zealand. It includes land legally protected by DOC, regional councils, Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust (QEII Trust), and Ngā Whenua Rāhui. Land protected by district and city councils and other private initiatives is not included as only a limited amount of this information is in the format required for the analysis conducted in this report.
Have input into conservation Science with these Websites
At Nature Watch NZ you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about the natural world.
Use this site to report a sighting of any butterflies and moths you see in New Zealand. Please note that reports of sightings from countries other than New Zealand will be discarded from research data.
This site is devoted to helping protect the kererū (native wood pigeon) in our local neighbourhoods.
Set up to help gain a better understanding of kererū numbers and distribution across New Zealand. It is an annual citizen science project and the more people who participate, the better our understanding of the kererū will be. The count takes place in September.
The Science Learning Hub is a national project designed to support the effective teaching of science in New Zealand schools. It is funded by the New Zealand government through the Ministry of Research, Science & Technology.
The Institute of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University provides teaching, research and services to find the right balance between agricultural production and long-term environmental sustainability.
New Zealand has 2,788 species endangered with extinction. A further 3,031 of our species are believed to be endangered. On this website you will learn about our endangered species and discover which unique species have already become extinct.
Situated at the tip of the Portobello Peninsula, with easy access to the ocean and to many different habitats, the NZ Marine Studies Centre is an amazing location to study marine life. The Centre provides research facilities and outreach possibilities in marine sciences for young and old.
Wildbase is New Zealand’s only dedicated wildlife hospital, and is having a huge impact on the survival of some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds and animals. Attached to Massey University’s veterinary school, Wildbase offers four areas of wildlife health: hospital, oil response, research and pathology.
Open Colleges is Australia’s leading online educator. When you decide to embark on a career in Animal Care you’ll find that the profession is filled with people just like you who share a love of animal welfare.
Websites for Ecotourism and Birdwatching in New Zealand
It promotes ecotourism and birdwatching in New Zealand on a sustainable ecological commercial basis, and New Zealand as a bird watching destination both nationally and internationally. The Network seeks to increase the knowledge and understanding of birds and their importance to sustainable ecological systems.
Home to over 66 species of birds (at some time during the year), many of these can be seen in their natural and native habitats during a Bird tour with Mik Peryer around the Waikanae Estuary Scenic Reserve.
Websites About New Zealand Fauna
Narena Olliver, who started developing this web site on New Zealand’s birds in 1999, is neither an ornithologist nor a scientist but a writer with an intense interest in natural history.
A portal to 3D digitised models of bird bones from museum collections. 171 bones from 32 species in 23 families and 19 orders are now available on this website.
Kiwi are an icon, and an oddity. These flightless, nocturnal birds are the national symbol of New Zealand and its people. Bank of New Zealand Save the Kiwi reveals the world of this wonderful bird.
The Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) is a Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society project for children. It began in 1988 and is cool for kids. Over 17,000 children receive the Kiwi Conservation Club magazine, including around 1000 schools that receive the magazine.
There’s only a few thousand whio, our blue duck, left in New Zealand. Genesis Energy and the Department of Conservation are working together to make sure our rivers will have whio, forever.
Tuatara research at Victoria University of Wellington began in the late 1940’s when Dr Bill Dawbin started monitoring tuatara on Takapourewa/Stephens Island. Current research is supervised by Prof Charles Daugherty and Dr Nicola Nelson.
A series of species synopses describing lizard species of New Zealand, their taxonomic and conservation status, distribution, conservation requirements, and factors such as ecology, behaviour, and population dynamics. An up-to-date annotated bibliography of New Zealand lizard literature – a list of over 3000 published and unpublished articles.
Learn all about New Zealand frogs using this informative website with information & resources on frog conservation.
It is estimated that 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are tossed out every year. This has a huge impact on our wildlife and environment.
Websites About New Zealand Flora
This website provides a video of children teaching children how to plant trees. It is very useful for schools about to undertake a planting project and it may result in a much better standard of planting on the day.
This website provides information about native plants and their conservation in New Zealand. The Network’s main focus is the nationally threatened plants and plant communities that require conservation management for their continued survival.
An informative site with many links to articles on native flora and links to New Zealand flora groups and organisations.
The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) represents New Zealand’s forestry professionals and provides a forum to exchange ideas, opinions and information. This site contains many resources and publications from the NZIF.
Sciblogs brings together the best science bloggers in New Zealand on one website, creating a hub for scientific analysis and discussion and facilitating reader interaction.
This blog is written by Ngā Manu volunteer, Sian Liversage and focuses on her work at Ngā Manu with Kiwi, Kaka and Kea.
This blog is written by “a homeschooled birder and dog lover in the Tasman region of New Zealand.” This incredible young teenager recently enjoyed our Ranger for the Day Experience at Ngā Manu and shared her blog with us. It provides readers with her entertaining stories of birding in New Zealand.
This blog is written by one of Ngā Manu’s previous Trustees – Dr Catherine Knight. Environmental history is all about the relationship between human beings and the natural environment. It is about the way humans have transformed the environment over time.
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