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"Go and have a good time, but just be cognizant and conscious of your behaviour. Take back everything that you took to the beach with you," says Forest & Bird Seabird Advocate Karen Baird. Fishing nylon and other plastics kills one million seabirds a year around the world. Melissa.

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Boaties and beachgoers urged to be vigilant with litter after oystercatcher's leg amputated

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01/20/2017 at 03:49. Facebook
Should a housing development be built on parts of Pt England Recreation Reserve in central Auckland? On 7 December the National Govt. introduced enabling legislation to be able to do just that. The area is a valuable breeding area for the Northern NZ dotterel and a feeding ground for many shorebirds. How important we don’t yet know. Forest & Bird believes that a decision on the Bill should be...
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01/19/2017 at 06:55. Facebook
After the Rena disaster, local iwi and Forest & Bird pushed for fishing controls around the wreck to help the ecosystem recover. But the Bay of Plenty Regional Council didn't believe it had the power to do that, so iwi took them to Environment Court - and they agreed. Now, the Ministry for Primary Industries is appealing that decision in the High Court. We're disappointed, but as the...
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Govt challenges landmark legal decision protecting marine environments in wake of Rena disaster

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01/19/2017 at 01:53. Facebook
We've just hit 90,000 likes on our Facebook page! I want to celebrate by doing a giveaway. We have 5 double passes to The Eagle Huntress, plus two copies of New Zealand Bird Calls, and two copies of Hunt for the Wilderpeople! To go in the draw to win, tag a friend and tell me why they are a voice for nature. Kimberley
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01/18/2017 at 22:17. Facebook
It has been 6 months since the announcement that New Zealand would be predator free by 2050. But did you know that Forest & Bird led New Zealand’s first predator-free success story by eradicating rats from Maria Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Auckland branch member, Mr. A. McDonald, from Waiheke Island, used a £5 government grant to lay rat bait across the island in 1960. In 1964, Maria Island...
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01/18/2017 at 03:18. Facebook
‎Ines Stäger‎ from our South Canterbury branch recently visited Arthur's Pass where she saw this bright red mistletoe in full flower. It's one of three miseltoe species found on native beech trees. But native mistletoe populations are declining due to vegetation clearance, a decline in native bird species to act as pollinators, and introduced predators like rats and possums eating them. Ines...
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01/17/2017 at 23:07. Facebook
An archival project has uncovered a possible “new” record of a huia being spotted 17 years after the last confirmed sighting. The last confirmed sighting of a huia was on 28 December 1907 in the Tararua Ranges, but RHD (Bob) Stidolph (one of the founding members of Birds New Zealand) wrote a second hand record of one being seen on the Kapiti Coast, in mid-1924. Kimberley

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01/17/2017 at 20:38. Facebook
The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital has opened the South Island's first penguin hospital to help treat injured birds and save them a long flight to Wellington or Palmerston North. They've been open for 2 days and already have a yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) and a Snare's Crested Penguin as patients. Kimberley

First penguin hospital opens in the South Island

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01/16/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
Wow! Jon-Paul Hansen posted these awesome photos by his 15-year-old daughter. It's a fledgling shining cuckoo (pīpīwharauroa) being attended to by its grey warbler (riroriro) surrogate parent. Cuckoos are "brood parasites", which means they lay their eggs in the nest of other birds and leave them to raise their young. Kimberley

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01/16/2017 at 03:24. Facebook
Did you know the whitebait catch isn’t just made up of of one species, it actually includes five. The banded kōkopu is the only one that isn't classified as threatened, but that doesn't mean it's thriving. Read about the case of the missing kōkopu and New Zealand’s Freshwater Fish Database in our latest blog by Stella McQueen of New Zealand Native Fish. Kimberley

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01/15/2017 at 23:00. Facebook
Growing up, did you have a favourite swimming hole or river paradise? Is it still sparkling perfection or would you hesitate to dip your toe in? Most likely it's the latter. Nearly two thirds of New Zealand's river swimming spots are too polluted to swim in. It's not right, is it? Support our freshwater appeal and fight for your fresh water. Grace

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01/15/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
Residents and ecologists in Geraldine are excited after seeing tūī in the region for the first time in half a century. They may have returned because there's more food and fewer predators. Sounds like a great reason for residents to set up backyard traps to me! Kimberley

Geraldine residents excited about daily sightings, sounds of tui since Christmas

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Atawhai Charter from Southward is walking the length of New Zealand, meeting people who care for our unique wildlife and wild places along the way. Check him out as he meets some of Forest & Bird's volunteers in Auckland. Kimberley
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Did you know New Zealand is the seabird capital of the world? And some moana manu (seabirds), such as diving petrels, feed their chick until it gets to 120 per cent of their body weight. That's the same as a 60kg woman breastfeeding a 72kg baby! Kimberley

Our Blue Backyard: NZ is a seabird Mecca - National - NZ Herald News

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Check out this great photo of a bittern (matuku) that Tracy Duncan sent in. It's doing its classic impression of a raupo reed to try and blend in to its wetland habitat. Kimberley
The Ahuriri River is a great example of what happens when we don't ruin things. Ahuriri Conservation Park is an outstanding habitat for many native bird and fish species, not to mention a well regarded fly-fishing river. The surrounding beech forests and tussock lands also make for make for some great walking. A river that provides for all. This needs to be the norm, not the exception. Help us...
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If New Zealand keeps breaking record temperatures, the tuatara won't be able to breed. 2016 was the warmest year since records began and when the temperature rises, more males are born, which means there will be a lot of lonely male tuatara out there and not much future for this wonderful species. Kimberley

Tuatara face problems with rising temperatures

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Volunteering is good for nature, and great for people too. "It becomes quite a social event. We enjoy doing what we're doing. The social contact we have talking about this is a communal thing." New year's resolution time? - Megan

Centennial Park volunteers dedicate time to pocket of nature on Auckland's North Shore

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DairyNZ tried to lay a complaint about this advert from Greenpeace New Zealand about how dirty dairying is destroying our waterways. But the Advertising Standards Authority didn't uphold their complaint and said "we would encourage Dairy NZ to concentrate its resources into addressing the very real problems of river degradation, rather than trying to pretend the problem doesn't exist." ...
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