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
Of the 13,000 lmportant Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) identified by BirdLife worldwide, 277 are most severely under threat. Vital sites, such as Cambodia’s Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary, are home to globally threatened birds such as Giant Ibis and other IBA ‘trigger species’. They face the most intense pressures and need our urgent help.
Tehani Withers began her career as an intern at SOP Manu (BirdLife Partner in French Polynesia) through the Conservation Leadership Programme and worked her way up to become their Island Restoration Manager. For Tehani, there is no typical day in the office as tasks can range from camping out in the field surveying birds and plants, to engaging with local communities about conservation, or working on reports and data analysis.