Forest & Bird
Forest & Bird is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation – protecting wildlife and wild places, on land and in the sea, since 1923. We’ve helped establish protected areas, put an end to logging publicly-owned native forests, and helped prevent species such as the kākāpō and kōkako from becoming extinct.
“We imagine a New Zealand with rivers safe to swim in, forests alive with birdsong, and the magical world beneath the seas thriving with life.”
Forest & Bird Chief Executive Kevin Hague
In 1980, only five Black Robins remained, restricted to one remote island in the Pacific. Despite being seemingly destined for extinction, an intensive conservation programme brought the species back from the brink, and less than 50 years later its remarkable recovery has seen it downlisted on the IUCN Red List.
The Australian ‘Black Summer’ bushfires of 2018-19 blazed across vast areas of Australia, including over a third of the Ulladulla to Merimbula Key Biodiversity Area (KBA), severely impacting several threatened bird species. Now, ongoing logging is hampering the forest’s recovery, as well as jeopardising areas untouched by the inferno.