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.

Friday 6 July 2018

Whangārei centre celebrates 25 years of saving birds

30 Jun, 2018 2:00pm

New Zealand's iconic native species is flightless but Whangārei's Sparky, the one-legged kiwi, has chalked up more air miles than any other local bird.

Tales of Sparky's aeroplane flights to various community or national conservation events were among stories Robert Webb, founder of the Whangārei Native Bird Recovery Centre, told guests at the centre's 25th anniversary AGM on Thursday.

Among those present were longtime supporters, including representatives from major sponsors Northpower and Beyer NZ and dedicated volunteers.

Webb talked about the centre's early beginnings when he and his wife Robyn were looking after injured birds they found or which others brought to their home.

After the Webbs' efforts outgrew their home and resources, the Whangārei Native Bird Recovery Centre was developed in the Whangārei Museum grounds.

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