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.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

'All of us are guardians here' – Auckland Council and locals protecting endangered dotterel birds in urban environment

Wed, Nov 29

Auckland Council and local workers have banded together to protect a group of endangered dotterel birds which have found a new home down on Auckland CBD's waterfront after being pushed out of their native habitat.

The small birds have been forced away from beach nesting zones, settling in some unusual spots around Auckland city.

Senior Biodiversity Advisor for Auckland Council Ben Paris told 1 NEWS there was more than one reason the birds are making the shift inland.

"We think as the pressure on the beaches comes in from urbanisation and the population expands that they're actually coming into more of these urban areas. 

City dwellers urged to be careful around endangered dotterels moving into urban areas
The human housing squeeze could leave our native birds homeless again.

Source: 1 NEWS
"Being squeezed out of their environment by things like people on the beaches and dogs especially are a real big threat for these birds, so this is actually a relatively safe environment for them," Mr Paris said.

There are only around 1700 dotterels left in New Zealand, the birds are found mainly in Auckland and are in the middle of their nesting season, with three chicks making their home with mum and dad in a vacant lot on Auckland CBD's waterfront.

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