Numerous avifauna species face extinction on New Zealand's two main islands, owing largely to forest clearance and to introduced mammals. In response, New Zealand selects certain offshore islands for the relocation of threatened native birds, first purging them of mammalian predators. Over the past few decades, this procedure has evolved to become fairly successful. Protected habitat "islands" within mainland forested areas are also being created, but with success less certain. As historic habitats are lost, small biopreservation islands may become a standard mechanism for protecting threatened species, a process that can be termed the "miniaturization" of nature.
Keywords: avifauna, endangered species, introduced wildlife, New Zealand, protected natural areas.
Dr. PRYDE is a professor of geography at San Diego State University. Dr. COCKLIN is a professor geography and environmental science at Monash University, Australia.
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