As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Native birds perish in drought

Updated at 10:20 pm on 2 April 2013

Native plants and endangered birds including kiwi are the latest to suffer at the hands of the drought.

Trees and animals are dying, and sanctuaries and regional parks are worried about the risk of fire and the need to close if the parched conditions don't improve.

At Tawharanui Regional Park in the Auckland region, dried-up waterways mean wildlife are running out of food.

Open sanctuaries co-ordinator at Auckland Council Matt Maitland says seven pateke, or brown teal ducks, as well as kiwi and other native birds have died.

Many of the park's native plants are now wilted and brown.

A conservation forest in Waitakere, Ark in the Park, is having similar problems. Manager Gillian Wadams says mahoe and kawakawa are wilting and there are cracks in the soil in what is normally a rainforest environment.

Matiu Somes Island in Wellington Harbour has had to be closed intermittently because of an increased fire risk.

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