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.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Call for nation plan for penguin conservation

Half the world's threatened penguin species live around New Zealand, and Forest & Bird is calling on the Government to protect them.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated 10 of the world's 18 penguin species were in decline, and Forest & Bird said five of them lived and bred in New Zealand and the sub-Antarctic islands.

In co-ordination with BirdLife International's Global Penguin Campaign launch, Forest & Bird has called for a national penguin recovery group, similar to the successful kiwi one, to combat the decline.

The Campbell Island population of the eastern rockhopper, once the largest in New Zealand, crashed by 94 per cent over a 45-year period to 1985 and has never recovered, Forest & Bird says.


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