WAITANGI KI PAEROA CELEBRATON 7/2/2017
Above - Joe de Jong and The FlockNZ educate the people at the Waitangi ki Paeroa Celebration.
CELEBRATE AS ONE - KIA KOTAHI AI TATOU
A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION ON OUR NATIONAL DAY AT THE PAEROA DOMAIN HAS ADDRESSED A SERIOUS CONSERVATION ISSUE BY USING A CREATIVE APPROACH.
Nearly every shorebird species in NZ is experiencing a signifigant fall in population.The end point of population decline is extinction.Some like the Southern NZ Dotterel are just one step away from that fate.
Although extinction is a natural process it is now running at 100 times the normal rate as a result of human activities.For shorebirds
loss of and damage to habitat,both here and overseas is a major factor.In NZ introduced predators are an extra burden pushing a number of species closer to extinction.
THE FLOCK - MAKE,PAINT AND FOLLOW
The FlockNZ is a fun and creative approach to this serious local issue.Initiated in NZ by the Tikapa Moana based Pukorokoro Miranda
Naturalist's Trust,this approach has now become international.
Everyone can get involved by cutting out,painting or hosting bird gatherings.Over 3000 birds have already been assembled by community groups.
Information supplied by Joe and Sietske de Jong / Miranda Shorebird Centre
To join in the fun and for more information contact Louisa -
Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre
RD3 Pokeno 2473 New Zealand