Published on 6 September 2019

NZTracker.org goes live

Some time ago I came up with the idea of building a website to help the public identify wildlife sign. It all started with the conservation work I do at some west Auckland beaches. Footprints left by hedgehogs, stoats and rats are great clues that I was using to improve protection of nesting shorebirds. While I was able to find several resources for mammals foot prints, such as Pest Detective, I struggled to find something similar for birds and other native wildlife. That's when I got in touch with Auckland-based designer Shaun Lee to help me build NZTracker.

Waitakere Ranges park ranger Dan Real identyifing prints at Piha beach

Waitakere Ranges park ranger Dan Real identyifing prints at Piha beach

The website feeds from recorded observations on iNaturalistNZ. We are planning on adding more species to progressively improve the website. We would also like to add new features like automatic recognition but for now we're quite happy with the site.

Godwit footprints on http://nztracker.org

Godwit footprints on http://nztracker.org

Newsroom reporter Farah Hancock wrote a fantastic article with the whole story that I encourage you to read.