Whitewater life

Whio were functionally extinct in Taranaki until an extensive network of stoat traps enabled the introduction of ten blue ducks in 2003.

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With continuous monitoring of traps and birds, the number has climbed to more than 60—a pair of whio on every one-kilometre stretch of the wagon wheel of rivers that radiate from the mounga.

Today, DOC rangers Erin Drummond and Joe Carson (behind you) check in on a lone male duck on a fast section of the Waiongana Stream.

Take away the limiting factors, and in most cases, the environment will recover. Where permanent damage has occurred, nature will find balance again, and new species will fill old niches.

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