I may probably never go to New Zealand. However, as a sign of the times we live in, I know, that just like any other island, they have a highly sensitive ecosystem with some very rare, nearly extinct birds. A few weeks ago, I came across a very interesting project, that was simply impossible to pass up and so I joined in the crowdfunding, at a very minor level. I wanted to blog about the project and highlight it back then, but I got busy writing a paper, traveling and such. However, when they sent me the usual Kickstarter survey, I thought at least for posterity I should blog now.
I am going to link the Kickstarter page below, and urge you to spend some time going through this very interesting, useful and model project. It allows for non-native species such as rats and possums to be trapped and (I assume) exterminated. You should understand non-native species can wreak havoc over native species, as they are doing in New Zealand, and while all life is precious, sometimes, solid measures are needed.
The idea though is great in many ways:
- It automates trapping, notification etc.
- It puts traps on a long term maintenance schedule, freeing staff to do more important work rather than walk to each trap, etc. Infrequent maintenance also means cost savings!
- It allows “investors” or backers like me, to gain a sense of ownership on the project.
- As mentioned before, it can be replicated, crowdfunded and established elsewhere in the world, where sensitive ecology needs such traps and investment.
There are obviously other benefits small and large you can imagine for such a trapping system. That is why, I absolutely love this project. They have successfully raised money and have further unlocked a second sanctuary option, to install these devices in.
Congratulations to the team. I hope we get to see more such projects elsewhere on the planet!