Mustelids, Traps & More- A Presentation by Dr Carolyn King
July 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Join Envirohub and Dr Carolyn King for an afternoon of education and inspiration!
Dr Carolyn King is an expert in her field with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in biological sciences at the 2010 Kudos Awards and she also holds the Mammal Society Medal (2005) and the NZES Award (1999); and was a Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy until 2017.
She is internationally recognised as an expert on mustelids. She’s worked closely with weasels in England, and stoats, ferrets, and rats in New Zealand, since starting as a grad student at Oxford in 1967. In that time she’s got to know their key attributes and survival strategies. She knows their strengths and she knows what can make them vulnerable.
Her talk will cover:
Pest control fails if it does not exceed the natural replacement rate of pests.
Effects must be measured in benefit to the birds, not the numbers of pests killed.
Protecting adult kiwi is the most urgent priority.
Trap avoidance in ferrets and stoats is inevitable.
Tame problems: manageable and effective in short term.
Don’t confuse them with wicked problems, just take a longer perspective.