ABOUT US

Based in Blenheim, Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL) is an ecological consultancy dedicated to research and conservation of nature. For over 30 years, our team has been working in monitoring, protecting, and managing natural ecosystems both in New Zealand and overseas. Our organised and motivated team is highly trained and can bring specialised skills to your project, no matter how big or small.

We have a strong ornithological back ground, with our team being some of the country’s leading birders. Ensuring that this is more than just a job, we have a real passion for nature, it’s conservation and research.

Clients include central and regional Government conservation and research agencies, non-government conservation organisations and private sector commercial businesses. Many projects involve working with local organisations in a partnership approach, which we see as critical to achieving long term conservation gains.

Here at WMIL we are committed to local action, that’s why a portion of every invoice is donated to New Zealand’s most isolated community conservation group, the Chatham Islands Taiko Trust, to support grass roots conservation.

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    BRAIDED RIVER

    Focused work in these complex ecosystems aimed at providing solutions to protect several endangered birds that rely on these habitats.
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    INVASIVE SPECIES ERADICATION AND CONTROL

    With over 30 years of experience in the eradication of pests from islands, our team has the skills to assess, design and implement your eradication programme.
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    BIRD RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT

    With a strong ornithological background our team have the skills, experience and training to implement research and conservation projects on any species in any habitat.
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    SEABIRD RESEARCH AND TRANSLOCATION

    Working on a wide range of species from gulls to shags and petrels to albatross, our team have developed into leading authorities on several seabird species.
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    CHATHAM ISLANDS CONSERVATION

    With 12 bird species currently listed as endangered, Chatham Islands birds need help, our team works with local community conservation group, the Chatham Islands Taiko Trust, to save these endemic species.
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    COMMUNITY DRIVEN CONSERVATION

    With a real belief and commitment to community driven conservation many of our projects are in partnership with local organisations or communities.
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    ECOLOGICAL SURVEYS, MONITORING AND RESTORATION

    Our long background and intimate knowledge of the environmental and conservation arena has given us the expertise required to provide these skills to your project
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    INTRODUCED PREDATOR CONTROL

    Introduced pest control is vital to saving endangered bird species and our team has vast experience in the pest control arena.
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    ENDEMIC FROG RESEARCH

    Our team have vast experience with native frog research, monitoring, and management.
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Biz has been working with Anguilla National Trust personnel on the Prickly Pear Cays in Anguilla completing the final check to make sure rats were successfully eradicated. A ten-day intensive monitoring period confirmed that the islands were rat-free. Crabs tried to interfere with the monitoring stations, but three options of flavours meant there was plenty left for any possible surviving rats. Now that the rats have gone from the Prickly Pear Cays, birds, reptiles and plants on the island will have the opportunity to be restored. It is already obvious that some of the land birds such as grassquits and bananaquits have increased in numbers. Brown pelican have increased and expanded their range on Prickly Pear West. Ground lizards, tree lizards and dwarf geckoes have also increased in number and are much more visible. This island restoration project was supported by the UK Government through a Darwin Plus funding grant. Biosecurity has been established on the islands and the Anguilla National Trust will maintain regular checks on these stations and long-term biodiversity monitoring on the islands. ... See moreSee less

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The Summer field trips to Ohinau and Lady Alice Islands to study flesh-footed shearwaters have been completed. The team managed to check about 200 breeding burrows on each island while identifying and banding the partners in over 90% of these burrows. We will revisit both islands in April/May to check these same burrows again and determine the breeding success. This is all part of a long-term study to learn more about the breeding biology of flesh-footed shearwaters in New Zealand.

In addition to burrow checks, the team managed to complete over 350 burrow transects on Lady Alice and burrowscoped 570 burrows to get an updated estimate for the number of birds breeding on the Island.
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The ultimate bird band sighting challenge! The Black-fronted tern tiny flag skill test.

Have you seen a colour banded/flagged Black-fronted tern??

WMIL staff have been fitting alphanumeric colour bands and flags to Black-fronted terns since 2010 to gather information on non-breeding dispersal. The main problem is the tern’s legs are so short and the bands so small that most people don’t even notice them let alone read the unique identifying code!

Right now, is the perfect time to find one as Black-fronted terns head down to the coast from their summer braided river breeding grounds often turning up near river mouths and estuaries. So, if you see a Black-fronted tern make sure to check for colour bands.

If you do see a banded Black-fronted tern please record the location, the colour, if it is a band or flag, and the unique code. If you can’t read the code, try taking a photo or just record the colour as even this can provide useful information. Email any sightings through to Mike Bell mike@wmil.co.nz or Kailash Willis kailash@wmil.co.nz

For your best chances take a camera with a decent zoom or even a scope.
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Thanks Novo for the great work on this, we are deep into the planning for this project ready for lanuch at the BirdsNZ Conference in Wellington on June 1st. Please check in regulalry over the coming months for updates and how you can get in behind this awesome project!
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Last week we launched our website holding page, www.birdatlas.co.nz providing a brief introduction to our exciting project. Over the coming months we will be developing our full site, in the meantime download the eBird app on your smart phone and keep up to date here and via Instagram. With the first step of the project underway, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners and sponsors, Birds New Zealand, Goodness Kitchen & Wildlife Management International, without them this important conservation project wouldn't be possible.

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Danielle and Kailash have been monitoring the breeding the success of Black-fronted terns and Black-billed gulls on the Hurunui and Waiau Rivers since October and have now completed their final checks for the season. This is the second year of a five year habitat enhancement/pest management project initiated by the Hurunui Waiau Water Zone Committee. Works are being undertaken in collaboration with Environment Canterbury (ECan) and the Department of Conservation (DOC). Breeding success has been slightly better than the first season however it has still been very poor largely due to several significant flooding events as well as predation. ... See moreSee less

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