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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    Focused work in these complex ecosystems aimed at providing solutions to protect several endangered birds that rely on these habitats.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 pest control is vital to saving endangered bird species and our team has vast experience in the pest control arena.
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    Our team have vast experience with native frog research, monitoring, and management.

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Cathy Mitchell, a member of our Tekapo shorebird monitoring team, has just sent in this photo of a female banded dotterel sitting on her nest. We’re monitoring the nesting success of these birds as part of a Landcare Research project trialling a technique to camouflage these nests from roving predators, in a bid to improve their hatching success. Some of these birds are so confiding that they’ll sit on their nest even when our researchers are busy servicing the trail camera only 1-2 metres away! ... See moreSee less

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Our Pine Cay Save the Iguana Project volunteers - Alexandra, Amelia, Jack, Jacob, Luke, Rebecca, Vanessa and Steve are all heading home to the UK or NZ on the last seven seats on American Airlines before Hurricane Maria hits the region and Providenciales airport closes tonight (Wednesday 20 September local time). Thanks for all your hard work and enthusiasm – hope to see you back next year when the project recommences. The remainder of the team (Hamish, Skip, Kelvin, Tom and Biz) will be remaining on Pine Cay in hurricane-secure facilities as their Thursday morning flights have been cancelled. They will be traveling out of the region back to NZ or the UK as soon as the airport reopens after the hurricane passes through. ... See moreSee less

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Wildlife Management International added 7 new photos.

Nikki and a team of five have headed to Lake Tekapo to locate and monitor shorebird nests as part of a study being undertaken by Landcare Research. They’ll be spending the next two months at Lake Tekapo, monitoring the outcomes of 240 banded dotterel, SI pied oystercatcher and wrybill nests.

Photo 1 – First day in the field heading up to the Macaulay field site.
Photo 2 – Plenty of snow around!!
Photo 3 – Sam and Nikki searching for shorebird nests on the Cass River delta
Photo 4 – A pair of South Island Pied Oystercatchers
Photo 5 – South Island Pied Oystercatcher nest
Photo 6 – Early Banded Dotterel nest with only one egg – more to come…
Photo 7 – Banded Dotterel nest with complete clutch of 3 eggs.
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Biz has just been awarded the 2017 Holdaway Award which recognises leadership in and around the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for her 20-year research of the black petrel/taiko on Great Barrier Island/Aotea, particularly in the way she shares her knowledge and passion for black petrel/taiko with Ngati Rehua, Aotea community, DOC, MPI, Fishers and Fishing Industry members and the general public. The Holdaway Award recognises the legacy of Jim Holdaway, who championed the creation of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, within a farming, civic and military career characterised by courage, service and leadership. Thanks to Murray Job for some of these images taken during one of the recent advocacy visits to the Hirakimata colony.
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We have hit 6,000 band re-sights in our black-billed gull project!!
This bird, White U57 is the lucky 6,000 re-sighting. U57 was banded as a chick on the Wairau River in 2014, then spent his first two winters within Blenheim, before returning to breed at the Wairau as a two-year old last season, and was spotted down at the Wairau River mouth.
Since 2011 we have been colour banding black-billed gulls in rivers in Marlborough, Tasman and North Canterbury, to learn more about the bird’s survival rates, and movements. To date we have banded 2,173 chicks, of these 895 (41.2%) have been recorded at least once since banding. Each re-sighting helps tell a story, and we are starting to piece together more information on these endangered gulls.
With an increasing dataset, we are starting to learn more about the movements of birds, over 260 birds have ten or more sights, and from these we can follow when birds start breeding (most as two-year olds), where they breed (most back at the colonies they are raised from) and where they over winter (often returning to the same wintering area each year).
So thank you to everyone who looks out for banded gulls, and who sends in sightings of banded gulls. Each and every one of these sightings is important, and the more we get, the clearer the picture is.
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