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Australasian Bittern, Ohiwa. © Neil Robert Hutton

Seeking the elusive "Swamp Boomers" of...

Mon, 24/07/2017
On a small lake in central Hawke’s Bay, the quest is on to find one of New Zealand’s least understood species before it vanishes forever.
Little Penguin © Richard Robinson

Little Blue neighbours

Thu, 06/07/2017
They can be found nesting on people’s doorsteps, or quite literally underneath them. Meet the world's smallest penguins, unwillingly urban birds who are being given new homes by local volunteers
New Zealand's Endangered penguin species: Yellow-eyed © Richard Robinson

Yellow eyes a warning

Wed, 05/07/2017
Look directly into the eyes of an Endangered species. Work by Forest & Bird on land is helping the Yellow-eyed Penguin, but threats at sea are very worrying
Fiordland Penguin "Tawaki" © Richard Robinson

Penguins of the remote rainforest

Tue, 04/07/2017
Grab a kayak, hiking boots and become an expert at crawling through rocks if you want to discover New Zealand's hidden Fiordland Penguins, or "tawaki". But why are they going hungry?
A Little Penguin runs underneath a parked car while returning to its nest in Oamaru, New Zealand. © Richard Robinson

The unusual urban lives of New Zealand's...

Mon, 03/07/2017
Tucked away in rainforests, rocky crevices or under parked cars, these hidden (and not-so-well-hidden) birds are having a rough ride. Welcome to New Zealand, home to one third of the world’s penguins
© Patrick Phelps

Protecting Tawaki, the rainforest penguin

Wed, 21/06/2017
Fiordland Penguins, also known as Tawaki, are about to arrive on New Zealand’s West Coast beaches.
Un kea, ave endémica de la zona alpina de la Isla Sur en Nueva Zelanda © Dave Buckton

En búsqueda del único loro alpino (y carnívoro)...

Fri, 14/04/2017
Hay que ser muy sigiloso para ver a un kea en su hábitat natural. Kimberley Collins nos cuenta su aventura de cuando salió en búsqueda del único loro alpino del mundo.
Un nestor kéa © Dave Buckton

La recherche du seul perroquet alpin (et...

Thu, 13/04/2017
On doit être ingénieux pour attraper un nestor kéa dans la nature. Kimberley Collins raconte comment elle a passé des jours à rechercher le seul perroquet alpin au monde.
Black Petrel chick, Little Barrier Island © Dan Burgin

Lessons from Little Barrier Island

Mon, 27/03/2017
Our Cook Islands’ BirdLife Partner Te Ipukarea Society shares their lessons learned about seabird conservation during a recent visit to Little Barrier Island, NZ.
Kea, the world's only alpine parrot © Dave Buckton

The hunt for the world's only alpine (and...

Fri, 10/03/2017
You need to be sneaky if you want to catch a Kea in the wild. This is how Forest & Bird are searching for the world’s only alpine parrot in Nelson Lakes NP, New Zealand.
Kākāpō © Shane McInnes

The guardians of the Kākāpō Kingdom

Mon, 12/12/2016
Being a kākāpō ranger is a bit like looking after a celebrity’s child. This is what life is like when you're tasked with protecting one of the world's rarest parrots.

Meeting of BirdLife’s Pacific partners showcases...

Wed, 30/11/2016
The 2016 BirdLife Pacific Partnership meeting was a celebration of the work and successes of the partners in defending and restoring nature
Predator Free New Zealand (Logo by Tim James)

New Zealand free of Invasive Predators by 2050?

Thu, 28/07/2016
In perhaps the most ambitious conservation project ever proposed, the New Zealand Government has thrown its weight behind eradicating rats, mustelids and possums from New Zealand by 2050. The introduction of these species has devastated the native flora and fauna - especially the birds.. .
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..