Evening talk – Mustelids: latest research findings and how to control them.
Whakaupoko Landcare group and Predator Free Franklin are proud to present a talk by renowned mustelid expert Dr Andrew Veale, from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.
Dr Veale is an expert in the field of mustelid research, (weasels, stoats and ferrets), and is the first person in the world to fully unravel the stoat genome. He is an advisor for mustelid control work in many cutting-edge conservation projects around New Zealand including the predator-free initiative on Waiheke (Te Korowai O Waiheke), and the national predator control research programme ZIP (Zero Invasive Predators) which was recently featured in the documentary “Fight for the Wild”.
Because of his work Andrew has been involved with the very latest developments in trap and monitoring technology for mustelids. As our special guest speaker, he will share his considerable knowledge of these intelligent, wily and deadly animals, give an expert’s viewpoint on what makes them tick, and explain what the currently-understood best practices are for killing them. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Special request – Andrew needs your stoats and weasels: dead or alive!
Many of us in Franklin who have cage traps are achieving high capture rates of mustelids – far in excess of what has previously been considered possible. So to help Andrew with NZ’s mustelid research, on the night of the talk please bring along any live or dead weasels and stoats you may have for him to take away. No ferrets please. Live animals should be held humanely in secure cages. If you have any questions about bringing along weasels and stoats, please contact Andrew Sinclair on 0212681904 or at firstname.lastname@example.org