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.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Monorail could further endanger bird of the year

By: Jacob Brown, | New Zealand News | Wednesday October 30 2013 11:42

It has been crowned bird of the year, but there are fears a controversial monorail project could further endanger the Mohua.

Otherwise known as the yellowhead, it has topped Forest and Bird's annual poll to find New Zealand's bird of the year.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei used the tagline "vote Mohua, not monorail", to get people to vote for it.

She says its habitat needs to be protected, as it's already endangered.

"The whole issue of protecting birds in order that you have to protect their habitat, and to protect their habitat you have to prevent the destruction of it.

"And the monorail will destroy a significant proportion of the Mohua's habitat."

Conservation Minister Nick Smith is visiting key sites along the monorail route today.

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