Whio Awareness Month 2017
March is Whio Awareness Month – celebrating and promoting our endangered blue duck. There are some great events and competitions running. Find out how you can get involved.
Video: Whio creche
Young whio/blue duck go to the whio creche, or hardening facility, to grow strong and get used to fast flowing water.
In this video DOC ranger Malcolm visits the facility with Conservation Dog Fern.
Win a whio wilderness experience
Enter the Pucker-up to win photo competition to win a chance to be a whio ranger for a day.
Upload your best duck face selfie and tell us why you want to help save the whio.
Update from Lou
Director-General Lou Sanson talks about his recent visits to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and Christchurch.
Read Lou's update.
Enjoy the last of our summer programmes and remaining Seaweek events, or take part in Whio Awareness Month.
Find events near you.
The post guard stage has arrived!
The web cam chick is now spending more time alone at the nest while both parents are out at sea in search of food.
Watch Royal cam.
Remarkable recovery of kākā population
South Island kākā have made an extraordinary comeback in Waitutu Forest in Fiordland since pest control started just over a decade ago.
Several features are used to identify lizards including scale numbers, pattern, colour and scale arrangement. Find out how you can take quality photos to help with identification.
Video: Wairakei kiwi sanctuary
We work every day to ensure the survival of our special birds. Here’s a story about our work with Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary and predator control in Tongariro National Park.
Meet the Fairy Tern Team
The Fairy Tern Team come together for a short period of time each year, for a specific purpose – the breeding season of the New Zealand fairy tern/tara-iti.
We'd like to say thanks for their hard work and dedication over the past few months.
Waging war on wasps
New Zealand has some of the highest densities of German and common wasps in the world. Introduced wasps harm our native birds and insects and are a threat to visitors. They can now be controlled using Vespex, a targeted wasp bait.
Paparoa Great Walk approved
A new Great Walk through Paparoa National Park has been approved, with construction planned to start next summer. The walk will be a memorial to the 29 men who died as a result of the Pike River Mine disaster.
Know before you go
The recent heavy rainfall has caused damage on some of our tracks, campgrounds and huts (particularly in the Kauaeranga Valley).
Check for alerts in your region.
For more information about alerts, weather and other tips to help you plan a safe and enjoyable visit to conservation areas, see know before you go.
Have your say
Acoustic monitoring survey
We are looking at how we can better support acoustic monitoring programmes across the country. You can help by completing our survey before Friday 31 March.
Photo of the month
A New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu and 3 chicks burrowing in for warmth and shelter. Shorebirds often live in quite harsh, exposed environments. They're left to battle the elements of cold winds, high seas or hot sun.
Photo: Alan Haultain