We caught up with Forest and Bird recently and asked them a few questions about their work...
What are some little known facts about you guys, that most people would not realise?
Forest & Bird has been a voice for nature in New Zealand for nearly 100 years! Our first conservation project was on Kāpiti island, and led by our founder Captain Val Sanderson. We’ve been restoring wild places, and speaking up for native plants and animals ever since.
Tell us about the current state of NZ's endangered species?
There are a lot of species in serious trouble in Aotearoa. About two-thirds of all our native birds are threatened with extinction. Over 70% of our freshwater fish, and over 80% of our reptiles are in the same boat. It’s the highest proportion of threatened native species of any country in the world. We have a lot of very special and unique species to look after.
(Endangered Kakaruia (Black Robin) featured on Honeywrap's Bird of the Year wrap)
Can you tell us something positive about our environment that F&B has helped achieve recently?
One big campaign that succeeded this year was our effort to protect the Waitaha River from a hydro scheme. This is an incredibly special and pristine river. More than 25 native bird species including kea, kākā and kārearea, plus long-tailed bats, and forest and green geckos make the Waitaha their home. The river is highly valued by kayakers, who think of it as the Aoraki Mt Cook of rivers. It is untouched by human development, and we wanted to keep it that way. After our campaign, the Government turned down the application for the hydro scheme because of the outstanding natural values of the Waitaha river. Our supporters help us protect a lot of wild places, this one was particularly awesome!
What are the top 3 actions people can do to help?
Support Forest & Bird – either join as a member, volunteer or donate; complete a submission.
Why are you keen to collaborate with Honeywrap?
We love the philosophy behind Honeywrap and your mission to dramatically reduce use of plastics. With the exposure and flexibility Bird of the Year offers, the generosity of the donation from each sale, and the possibility to promote your great products further to our membership, it was a no-brainer! We love that you’re so passionate about protecting and restoring nature, and that you can use these products to help educate people on the vulnerability of so many of New Zealand’s birds.
Make sure you vote for your favourite Birds in Bird of the Year.
(Voting closes 10th November.)
Birds on the Brink - a short video featuring Honeywrap's Bird of the year wrap, bringing attention to our endangered native birds and helping raise money for the awesome work that Forest and Bird do in giving nature a voice.
Made by Aart Jan van Dijk.