Laura Young

Laura has worked widely in the South Island mountains for over a decade, undertaking a MSc on Aciphylla reproductive biology then a PhD on seed dispersal of alpine plants, as well as being involved in many vegetation surveys and kea monitoring. She is also a keen tramper and hunter who fancies herself as a bit of a modern-day naturalist, keen to share her reflections with fellow ecologists.

Unexpected animal encounters in the mountains - Guest Work

Apr 13, 2016

I’ll never forget going hunting in the mountain ranges between Lewis Pass and the St James, glassing the tops for red deer and chamois, when through the corner of my binoculars I caught a glimpse of a bunch of slow-moving, large animals. For a moment, I thought I had gotten onto the biggest mob of deer I’d ever seen (hunted wild meat is the only meat I eat, so life depended on it)!  Alas, on second glance they certainly didn’t have four legs, they weren’t the right colour and they had extremely long black necks. A flock of Canada geese ambled their way effortlessly up the mountainside through the tall tussocks towards a subalpine tarn (a mountain lake).  That was not the only time I’ve noticed this phenomenon.  Another unexpected encounter took place when I arrived with my teammates at a … Read More