did half of the Kepler track this week (had to turn back halfway because of waist-deep snow and Gale force winds 😮). v fun time regardless. most pics were taken by @rubyjleonard pic 1: a good kiwi lad pic 2: mfw blisters on feet pic 3: good waterfall vibes pic 4: "a quail" - Tak pic 5: ok real shit this log looks exactly like Thomas the tank engine pic 6: iunno pic 7: #travelblogger#mytravelgram#backpackers#mylove
Mammalian pests are a serious problem in New Zealand, and particularly Fiordland. Rabbits were originally introduced for fur and meat, but the population multiplied rapidly. So stouts, weasels, and ferrets (SWF) were introduced to control the rabbits. But the SWF instead preyed on the flightless birds that had never encountered predators. To bring back the birds, New Zealand has said it will be SWF-free by 2050. These traps for SWF are ubiquitous. This trap was modified to use a golf ball rather than an egg in an experiment to determine whether the animals will enter based on smell or color/size. The traps appear to have been a success - humans now hear and see many more birds, including the elusive kiwi.