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Bringing the tūī back to town – how native birds are returning to NZ’s restored urban forests

Invasive mammals have already removed some native bird species from our cities. It’s why urban forest restoration and predator control are crucial to support the ‘ghosts of predation past’.
Alberts lyrebird in its natural habitat. Justin Welbergen

Listen to the Albert’s lyrebird: the best performer you’ve never heard of

Let us introduce you to this shy performer and convince you that the Albert’s lyrebird is worthy of as much attention as its limelight-stealing sister species, the superb lyrebird.
Rohan Clarke

New research shows planting trees and shrubs brings woodland birds back to farms, from superb fairy wrens to spotted pardalotes

Increasing revegetation from 1% to 10% of the landscape doubled the number of woodland bird species. The collective efforts of landowners can make a real difference for native wildlife.
The only species of Australian bird which remains unphotographed. This is one of the most accurate illustrations of the species.  John Keulemans published in Gregory Mathews ‘The Birds of Australia’ 1911

Is the buff-breasted button-quail still alive? After years of searching, this century-old bird mystery has yet to be solved

It may not be extinct, but our research suggests the buff-breasted button-quail may only be hanging on by a thread, at best.
Paul McDonald

Should we cull noisy miners? After decades of research, these aggressive honeyeaters are still outsmarting us

Populations of noisy miners have boomed since colonisation, and today they’re a huge threat to other native birds. 45 attempts to cull them in 30 years have left us with more questions than answers.
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Destroying vegetation along fences and roads could worsen our extinction crisis — yet the NSW government just allowed it

Under a new code, rural landholders in NSW will be allowed to clear up to 25 metres of land outside their property boundary. This will be devastating for the wildlife that live or migrate there.

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