By David Brooks Bigger and better than ever, our Bird of the Year contest had it all in 2019. Relentless mockery between campaign teams, a neck-and-neck race to the finish line between two flightless treasures and priceless publicity for our native birds and the threats they face. Nearly 43,500 New Zealanders voted between October 28 […]
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New Zealand’s longest-running conservation magazine has just been added to the National Library’s Papers Past website. The first two decades of Forest & Bird’s nearly 100-year-old magazine are now available online, spanning the period before the Great Depression to the end of World War II (1924-1945). These magazines document the fledgling society’s earliest conservation campaigns […]
Auckland Council is currently consulting on the future reopening of tracks in the Waitākere Ranges, which were closed to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease. Forest & Bird believes that if council focuses on building high quality tracks which stop the movement of any soil, and that they only open tracks that are on […]
Many people shudder at the thought of bats. Who’s to blame for this misconception? Was it Bram Stoker who wrote the classic tale of Count Dracula in 1897, or was it the film industry that subsequently embellished the story of the supernatural, blood-drooling vampires? In contrast the two remaining New Zealand bats are not at […]
Observations by GRAEME HILL First published in Forest & Bird magazine, Nov 2012 First, as somebody once said, like execution, it concentrates the mind. Or more so, like inoculation, some brief pain and a little rash can be reassuring for the future. It was a salutary lesson that may well have been learned much harder […]
Forest & Bird, New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation, moved its bank accounts from ANZ because of serious concerns over the bank’s investments in fossil fuels. Forest & Bird asked ANZ for a fossil fuel divestment plan in 2016, but hasn’t been satisfied with the company’s response. In March 2018, Forest & Bird announced its […]
One-hundred and fifty scientists from around the country have signed this letter to the Government asking for bold action to tackle climate change. Here is their letter in-full: We the undersigned, representing diverse academic disciplines, call on the government to take robust and emergency action in response to the deepening ecological crisis. The science is […]
In the summer of 2017, Forest & Bird committee member Stefan Fairweather took six months off work to walk the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail. He has written a book on his journey entitled “North to South“. Kia ora from Christchurch, People often ask me “why did you do it?” and […]
Cat Lea is the Marine Research and Conservation Officer at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari which operates a tourism business in the Hauraki Gulf. One of her main responsibilities is to look after the research that they undertake on a daily basis. She’s well poised to see not only the incredible wildlife that’s in the gulf […]