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.

Monday, 19 January 2015

NZ First is calling for a moratorium on 1080 poison after a flock of endangered birds went missing following an aerial drop.

19 January 2015 

An aerial drop of 1080 poison could have killed a flock of endangered birds in a South Island national park, says NZ First.

None of the 26 rock wren monitored by Department of Conservation in the Kahurangi National Park have been seen since the aerial drops began in September as part of a $10 million operation across the country.

NZ First's outdoor recreation spokesman Richard Prosser says 1080 appears to be killing the birds it's meant to be protecting.

He's calling for an immediate moratorium on the poison which is used to kill possums, rats, stoats and other animals that threaten our native birds.

"I absolutely agree we need to eliminate predators of our native wildlife, but not at the expense of them," he said.

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