Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project
When Pete (2012 MIPEP Team Leader) departed station a few weeks ago Stephen was appointed to the position of 2013 MIPEP Team Leader. Stephen has been working as a dog handler with the MIPEP program since April 2012 and when offered the position and the opportunity to remain on the island for an additional six months to support the new team he jumped at the chance. Stephen’s background is in conservation and his eradication experience has mostly been gained within Fiordland National Park and around Southland in New Zealand, including offshore island work on stoats, weka and possums. Steve also spent two and a half years working on Codfish and Anchor Islands as a ranger with the Kakapo recovery program.
For anyone interested in the hours hunted last month (January) – the slightly smaller team put in a massive effort with a total of 1003 hours of hunting covering 2653 kms of terrain. Well done!