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Alton will now work in Taiwan to save seabirds from accidental death. © Ross Wanless

Training scientists to save seabirds

Mon, 06/06/2016
Meet Alton. He is tall, calm of character, and with a measured approach to work. He knows his fish and he knows his boats. And now he has become a seabird identification expert too – he works in Taiwan to teach fisheries observers to save seabirds from accidental death.
Iconic New Zealand parrot, the Kākā: Tomas Sobek

Return of Kākā to Wellington sparks controversy

Tue, 31/05/2016
The success of Wellington's Zealandia Sanctuary in reintroducing species long locally extinct is creating controversy about potential conflict with the new inhabitants.

Battle against expected rat explosion funded by...

Mon, 30/05/2016
The Department of Conservation in New Zealand (DOC) has been allocated an extra $20.7 million to help fight back against an expected pest population boom caused by a heavy forest seeding, or mast. While this is good news, at the same time the Department has had its core funding cut.

Forest & Bird launches ambitious strategy for...

Fri, 18/03/2016
Forest & Bird (BirdLife New Zealand), the country's largest and oldest non government conservation organisation, has launched a new Strategy for Nature which looks out to 2040 and sets ambitious and aspirational goals. It is based on the vision of, in Aotearoa (New Zealand), ecological resilience being at the heart of everything the community does..

Forest & Bird and Birds New Zealand complete...

Fri, 11/03/2016
The identification of the Marine Important Bird Areas of New Zealand has been completed in a collaboration between BirdLife partner Forest & Bird and Birds New Zealand. These cover sites at sea; coastal sites and islands; and rivers, estuaries, coastal lagoons and harbours
Chatham Island Taiko Chick

Record breeding season for Chatham Island tāiko

Thu, 25/02/2016
A record number of Taiko chicks a big step for a bird thought extinct until 1978. 22 chicks from 26 eggs is a massive lift for a species with a world population of less than 150

New Zealand Fairy Tern – critically endangered...

Tue, 26/01/2016
One of the world's rarest birds, and New Zealand Sea Bird of the Year in 2014, the New Zealand Fairy Tern, faces yet another push onto the slide to extinction from a group wanting to destroy the mangroves in its main habitat, that are essential to its survival. Around half of the ten or so pairs remaining in the world breed at the beautiful Northland harbour of Mangawhai. Now they are threatened by a group of locals who want to remove the mangroves that a recent study by BirdLife partner, Forest & Bird, has shown are essential to the Fairy Tern survival.
BirdLife will continue to work through the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission towards seabird protection to 25°S, something that has already been achieved in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans

Hard work not over yet for seabird protection in...

Wed, 13/01/2016
Breakthrough for saving seabirds from longline fishing mortality in the north Pacific, but there’s a catch
There are less than 150 Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove remaining in the world. This project has more than doubled the safe habitat available for them. Photo: © Marie-Helene Burle

2015 saw some important successes in the Pacific...

Wed, 30/12/2015
2015 was a big year for conservation in the Pacific. The year saw the completion of the Acteon & Gambier project in French Polynesia giving sanctuary to eight globally threatened and near threatened birds (5 of which are seabirds), two turtle and seventeen nationally threatened endemic plant species. New marine sanctuaries and reserve proposals in Palau, New Zealand and the Cook Islands supported by BirdLife partners. Across the Pacific partnership with BirdLife and with our other partners makes a real difference for nature.
A rat attacks a keruru egg

Rat plague crisis about to hit New Zealand says...

Sun, 29/11/2015
BirdLife New Zealand partner, Forest & Bird is predicting a pest plague next winter and spring given the significant level of beech flowering occurring now. This will lead to an abundance of seed the next autumn which in turn leads to an eruption of rat and stoat predator populations. When seed supplies run out these predators turn on endangered birds such as mōhua, kākā, kea, whio and kiwi. Forest & Bird is seeking an urgent commitment by the New Zealand Government to commit to emergency funding for substantial pest control
The winner - Bar Tailed Godwit

Bar Tailed Godwit: New Zealand's Bird of the...

Wed, 28/10/2015
The bar-tailed godwit (kuaka) has been crowned New Zealand's Bird of the Year. It has the longest migratory flight of any bird in the world but it is threatened by habitat loss. But there was hope for another `born to fly' species, the red knot or Hauhou, with the announcement of a discussions between New Zealand and China to.gain protection in the Hebel Province for a significant habitat for red knots and other shorebirds, covering more than 3000 hectares, with other extensive wetland sites under consideration
A special bird - New Zealand Black Petrel.  Photo by Karen Baird

Who will win Forest & Bird's Bird of the...

Tue, 06/10/2015
Forest & Bird's annual Bird of the Year competition has kicked off again. 50 birds, many backed by local celebrities, all vying for the crown of New Zealand's top bird!
Forest & Bird celebrates Minister’s Fiordland tunnel decision

Forest & Bird celebrates Minister’s Fiordland...

Thu, 01/08/2013
Forest & Bird applauds the Conservation Minister’s decision today to reject the controversial proposal to build an 11km tunnel in dual World Heritage Site Te Wahipounamu in Fiordland and Mt Aspiring national parks.

The case of the missing Kokako...

Tue, 14/05/2013
A blog from Forest & Bird's (BirdLife in New Zealand) Mandy Herrick as she describes the case of Duncan the missing Kokako...

Plan to save New Zealand seabirds heralds changes...

Wed, 24/04/2013
BirdLife Partner, Forest & Bird is welcoming the release of a government-approved statement of intent to save native seabirds, including endangered albatrosses and petrels, from being killed by commercial and non-commercial fishing activity...

Thousands of Kiwis show their love for DOC

Thu, 18/04/2013
Messages of support from thousands of New Zealanders are being stuck onto Department of Conservation (DOC) office windows across the country, as part of a national Love DOC Day today...

Happy Birthday Forest & Bird

Wed, 27/03/2013
Donald Stewart, Director of the BirdLife Pacific Partnership, wishes Happy 90th Birthday to our BirdLife Partner in New Zealand.

New Zealand Storm-petrel discovered breeding 50...

Mon, 04/03/2013

Researchers are elated to find the sparrow-sized Ne