Thursday, March 03, 2005

KAKAPO PARROTS - Breeding Season Update

Scoop has this update on the current breeding season, which we've covered in a few recent posts. The article describes the team's hopes and plans for the future...
With the kakapo breeding season now in full flight, the Department of Conservation is looking ahead to do more research into improving breeding success.
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It is appropriate now to set in place new directions and goals for the next decade (2006-2016). The review team's report, due in June this year, will serve as a basis for the new plan.

Among new areas of kakapo research are work on improving genetic diversity within the 83-strong kakapo population and the relationship between rimu fruiting and triggering of breeding behaviour.