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 18 October 2018

Wellington's native bird population soars

9:00 pm on 24 September 2018 
Charlie Dreaver, Reporter
Wellington has seen a boom in native bird numbers and other endemic wildlife in recent years but wildlife advocates say with great fauna comes great responsibility.
Zealandia's conservation and research manager, Dr Danielle Shanahan, said the success of the sanctuary is now spreading beyond the fence.
"In Zealandia we've seen an eight-fold increase in kākā, but also beyond the fence we're seeing about double the kākā than five years ago, so we're seeing really rapid increases, and also how far they're distributed across the landscape as well," she said.
Dr Shanahan said some types of birds were declining in the sanctuary because they're doing so well in the rest of Wellington.
But, she said Wellingtonians can still do their bit to further help their survival and growth in the capital.
"For example, putting some native trees in our backyards, that provides really good food for our birds and also makes a rich environment for our invertebrates," she said.
She said there also needs to be ongoing commitment from local government, to protect the environment from degradation.
Wellingtonians have been taking that message on board.
Hannah Mackintosh lives in Newtown and she's set up a trap in the back corner of her garden.

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