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Forest & Bird magazine Winter 2020 cover with a close up of a tūī

Could New Zealand become carbon positive? Forest & Bird has produced exciting new data showing the impact of removing introduced browsing herbivores – wild deer, goats, and possums – from the conservation estate. Increasing predator control in our native forests, which are a valuable carbon sink, would also create green jobs in the regions.

In this action-packed issue, read about Forest & Bird’s campaign to put nature at the heart of a green economic recovery following the Covid crisis. We moved quickly to draft a Recovery for People and Planet briefing for the Government that contains a host of job-rich and environmentally friendly policies.

In a fascinating science-art project, Kelly Body set out to recreate two long-extinct New Zealand frogs using their bones, DNA analysis and a series of illustrations. What did they look like? What lessons can we learn from their extinction?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Save Manapōuri campaign, Forest & Bird’s Force of Nature history project has uncovered new archives. We look at how the Society campaigned for 15 years, organised three petitions, and spent $400,000 in today’s money fighting to save Manapōuri and Te Anau lakes.

During the lockdown, many of us had time to appreciate nature in our backyard. In this issue you can read about some of the people working to protect our special birdlife across Aotearoa, including kororā little blue penguins, kākāpō, tūī, and toroa.

All this and much more in your Winter 2020 issue.

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