Forest & Bird and Ruby Watson have joined forces to raise awareness and funds for the endangered bird recovery programmes in the local Rodney area.
The Rodney Local Board commissioned Ruby Watson in 2013 to integrate art into everyday life. This resulted in Ruby’s cor-ten steel sculptures of silhouettes of native birds which are dotted along the Mahurangi river.
During May and June you can order one of these limited edition sculptures for your own garden and support local environmental projects by the Mid North branch of Forest & Bird with $75 of every purchase going to the cause. Find out more about these programmes through the Forest & Bird 2014 Winter Talk Series.
Tumbleweed in Matakana has the sculptures for sale for a limited time or you can make an order by contacting Ruby Watson at email@example.com
The Mid North branch covers the area between Puhoi and Maungaturoto. The branch has over three hundred members who work together to help restore the environment back to its natural ecological state.
The branch has a number of ongoing projects including the mothplant eradication project and a coast-care project in Leigh.
Regular working bees are arranged to green up local reserves (e.g Athol Morrison), eradicate weeds and conduct pest control.
Volunteers are always appreciated to help with the plantings and clearing of local bush areas. We also have a series of talks happening this winter to help inform the public about the importance of looking after our wildlife and wild places.
Fairy Tern Project
The branch is working to protect our critically endangered Fairy Tern whose population sits at just 40 individuals. Recently, the branch put in an application to reject the removal of mangroves in Mangawhai – an important feeding ground for the Fairy tern.