Time to put nature first
In this issue you can read about how Forest & Bird is working to return whio and kākā to the Catlins. Our exciting new landscape-scale restoration project at Tautuku is home to a diverse bird, animal, fish and plant life, including red-crowned kākāriki, long-tailed bats, forest gecko, fernbird, and a newly discovered population of Gollum galaxias. But it’s under huge pressure from introduced browsing mammals, especially deer and pigs, and is further threatened by the expected mega-mast next year that will likely lead to a massive explosion of rats and stoats.
In other highlights we celebrate Forest & Bird’s landmark Te Kuha court win, the launch of our “fabulous native fish” awareness campaign, and the draft National Policy Statement for Biodiversity, which our staff helped develop. We visit Forest & Bird’s scientific penguin reserve to see how our hoiho are doing, go sleuthing with Pest Detective, find out how to save seabirds on the high seas, and look at a citizen science project to create a floral harakeke map. All this plus the chance to win a stack of festive Potton & Burton nature books and a stunning Evolve bracelet with Forest & Bird charm.