Na­tion’s favourites strut stuff

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

The feath­ers are about to fly as birds fight it out for Bird of the Year.

The month-long poll opened re­cently and has al­ready gar­nered heavy­weight sup­port.

Co­me­di­ans Te Radar and Ray­bon Kan and poet Kate Camp will be cham­pi­oning their favourite na­tive birds in the an­nual For­est and Bird poll, which aims to raise the pro­file of New Zealand’s threat­ened and much-loved birds.

For­est and Bird con­ser­va­tion ad­vo­cate Ni­cola Toki says: ‘‘Our na­tive birds face an in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of threats – in­clud­ing pre­da­tion, fish­ing by-catch and habi­tat loss, so this poll gives the New Zealand pub­lic a snap­shot of what’s spe­cial about our birds, the threats they face and how peo­ple can be in­volved in giv­ing them a chance to thrive.’’

South Waikato Branch chair­per­son Anne Groos says that pest con­trol’s im­por­tance is high, and that Jim Bar­nett Re­serve has a team who lay baits to con­trol the preda­tors such as rats, stoats and pos­sums.

‘‘If we did not carry out this work we would lose birds to pre­da­tion,’’ she said.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude 2005 win­ner the tui, fan­tail in 2006, grey war­bler in 2007, kakapo in 2008, kiwi in 2009, kakariki in 2010 and pukeko last year.

The poll closes on Oc­to­ber 10 at 9am.

REIGN­ING CHAM­PION: The Pukeko was crowned Bird of the Year last year. The 2012 poll is now open.

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