Kiwi management is clearly best undertaken by leaving them to fend for themselves, or in some cases, to use only non-poison, targeted animal control methods in areas deemed sustainably manageable. Aerially spreading 1080 poison bait across kiwi habitat is clearly a "conservation tool" that isn't working.
 
On a light-hearted note, click on the video below to be entertained with close-up kiwi encounters ...  
Evidence shows that kiwi are struggling to survive in poisoned forests. Kiwi are known to eat cereal poison bait  and In some forests, like the Southern Pureora  - which is prime kiwi habitat and has endured 5 aerial poison drops - kiwi are now extinct. In this research chart  which was released in the 1990's, it states kiwi are "occasionally" exposed to 1080 poison. Other birds mentioned in the chart have now been found dead after aerial drops. All birds, insects and bats are now regularly exposed.  Kiwi are now regularly exposed and found dead in high numbers in poisoned forests, but very few kiwi are tested for poison residues, if any. 
Forests are now poisoned all over New Zealand where kiwi live, or were once present. Click on the video below to view how introduced kiwi are surviving in a regularly poisoned forest sanctuary  in the Wairarapa region ...  
The graph below gives an example of how kiwi in the poisoned forests - Mt Bruce Wildlife Sanctuary,  and Tongariro Kiwi Sanctuary - are struggling, verses kiwi in the un-poisoned Okahu Valley forest, which the Department of Conservation has been using as a kiwi egg producer for their advocacy areas for the last 15 years ... 
The chart below is from a 1997 Department of Conservation commissioned research paper. Among other concerning warnings, it shows that kiwi are known to eat cereal baits, and that the risk of their non-recovery (if the poisoning operations continue) is "High". The paper was released 20 years ago, and the poisoning drops have not only continued, they've increased. The researchers were right - and in some areas where the poison is repeatedly used, kiwi are now eradicated. Click here to view the full study ... 
A technique used by the Department of Conservation called Operation Nest Egg, involves radio tagging wild kiwi, removing their eggs from nests, and then hatching them in incubators. The young birds are then released back into the wild when they reach a weight of about 1 kilogram. The controversial technique is used mostly in poisoned forests, and the long-term survival rate of the birds is low.
 
Conversely, some populations of wild kiwi remaining in forests that have never been aerially poisoned, are holding their own, and even thriving. Te Urewera National Park  is one example, and Stewart Island  is another. Click the video below to receive an introduction to Operation Nest Egg  in action in the regularly poisoned Tongariro National Park ...
To hear a kiwi call in the wild is a very special experience. Click on the video below to hear and see the very rare footage of a wild male, southern brown kiwi calling - and breaking the rules - calling during daylight hours ...
Wouldn't it be great to see New Zealand the way it's portrayed - the way it once was - with poison-free rivers and healthy, poison-free forests ... Click here to help out. Contact the Minister for Conservation, the Minister for the Environment,  and the Minister for Tourism  with any questions you may have about the Government's use of 1080 poison.
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