Conservation of NZ forest birds — the next decade
- Ecology Division, DSIR, Nelson
In the past decade the attention of conservation managers has focused on the salvation of endangered species of forest birds by marooning on predator-free islands. On the mainland, the cause of saving native forests has been the predominant concern of the conservation movement.
Over the next decade attention will focus increasingly on conservation on the mainland and the species of forest birds which remain there. A range of issues is already apparent, including restoration of mainland habitats, landscape planning for bird conservation, control of introduced competitors and predators of birds, and possible resumption of traditional hunting of some native birds. To enable conservation managers to deal with those and other issues more detailed ecological research on native birds will be necessary.