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.

Saturday 25 October 2014

Fears for rare bird in holiday season

The Department of Conservation (DOC) fears for the endangered fairy tern in Northland as the summer holiday season gets under way.

There are only 39 tara-iti left, including 12 breeding pairs, which live and nest in wildlife refuges in Northland.

Breeding season has just begun and continues until February, DOC conservation services ranger Vivienne Lepper says.

"This is a particularly vulnerable time for the birds, and with the summer influx of visitors to the area, we are asking locals to remind visitors of the laws, which include no dogs, cats or vehicles on the wildlife refuge and for people to keep their distance from the birds, their nests and their eggs."

The wildlife refuges are located at Waipu, Mangawhai, Pakiri and Papakanui Spit.

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