Karen Baird is the seabird advocate for Forest & Bird and the daughter of John ‘Birdman’ Kendrick whose legacy to New Zealand was an inspiring collection of native birdsong. Here, Karen writes why gifts in wills are so important. If you are a supporter of Forest & Bird, I hope someone’s told you lately that […]
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The latest research on the likely fate of our dearly beloved yellow-eyed penguins is disturbing indeed. The study, from Thomas Mattern and colleagues at Otago University, shows that climate change is responsible for about a third of their population decline. This means that most of the decline can be attributed to human factors such as […]
An incredible 600 delegates from 52 countries have come together for the 2nd World Seabird Conference in Cape Town. They will share insights and research on the conservation of the world’s seabirds. According to BirdLife International, seabirds are our most at-risk group of birds in the world. The global nature of seabirds means they know no […]
Forest & Bird shares with our Birdlife partners their concern for Keith Davis, an independent fisheries observer, who went missing from a Panamanian-flagged vessel off the coast of Peru around 10 September. Keith Davis worked for MRAG. Keith was last seen aboard the Victoria No. 168 – a transhipment vessel that receives catches from fishing […]
Albatrosses are one of the most inspiring of marine creatures, gliding effortlessly on huge broad wings across the oceans. They have the longest wingspan of any bird. Perhaps we humans envy them, just a bit, for their apparent freedom to fly across the oceans anywhere that takes their fancy, only returning to land every two […]
Our intrepid Seabird Advocate, Karen Baird and her partner Chris Gaskin have been in the Galapagos islands in search of the breeding grounds of the storm petrels that live there. Last year, Karen and Chris were part of the team that found the breeding grounds of the NZ storm petrel on Little Barrier Island so […]
Little Barrier Island is one of those magical places where time feels as if it stands still and birds, so rare elsewhere, abound. Kokako and saddleback are just part of the everyday soundscape and bellbirds are so common that their song is a constant companion not just an occasional delightful toll. Huge kauri and hard […]
I have recently returned from holidaying in sunbaked Queensland, Australia, which lies on the doorstep of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. As a travelling environmentalist and advocate for Forest & Bird it’s hard to take a complete break from work because environmental problems are rife throughout the world. And the ‘lucky’ country is by no […]
Seabirds – as a general rule – are rather large. Large wings designed to sail the wind’s currents; a long beak equipped with a salt-extracting unit and a large pair of paddle-like feet are de rigueur in seabirds. Unlike most seabirds though, the common diving petrel (kuaka) has few of these attributes. It’s fitted out […]