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  1. Like so many other species, New Zealand’s native birds are in crisis and a third risk becoming extinct if things aren’t done to protect them.


    Their habitats have been destroyed.  Introduced predators such as stoats, possums and rats kill their eggs, young birds and adults.

    Forest and Bird (The Royal Forest and Bird Protecton Society) have been protecting and restoring New Zealand’s natural environment since 1923.   They have 50 volunteer branches throughout New Zealand, and 3,000 volutneers manage and restore native forest and wetlands. 

    And Forest and Bird have a Bird of the Year competition. 

    You can vote for who you want to win, and it’s a great way to find out a little about birds.  There’s a list of birds you can vote for here and I particularly liked the way we can discover whether they are Doing OK, In Some Trouble or In Serious Trouble.

    Voting closes at 5pm (New Zeland time, presumably) on Sunday 14 October 2018.  The winning bird will be announced on RNZ’s Morning Report the next morning at 8:50.

    You can hear their bird song and find out more about each of the birds.   They haven’t featured all of the 168 species in New Zealand but there are plenty to choose from, nevertheless.

    There are plenty of ways to help and get involved e.g. donating, become a member (there’s an overseas membership if you don’t live in New Zealand), volunteer etc

    Enter the Bird of the Year Competition here

    Find out more from Forest and Bird’s website or their Facebook page



  2. World Animal Day takes place every year on 4th October.   It’s a chance for each and everyone of us to pledge to make a difference to animals around the world, whether we do this for locals or animals on the other side of the world.

    The mission of the day is “To Raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe”. 

    Help all creatures great and small

    The day unites the animal welfare movement, and celebrated in different ways around the world.

    There are lots of events going on – you can search them out or add your own.  But there’s also a chance to pledge to make a difference.

    Pledge to make a difference to animals with many other animal lovers around the world

    And crucially, there’s a Pledge Board where you can publicly make a pledge to make a difference to animals. 

    Read the pledges and you’ll see that some people pledge to make to help a specific species e.g. horses or work on an issue e.g. strays or vow to do something about their lifestyle e.g. going vegan or vegetarian or eating less meat.  There are all sorts of pledges listed for all sorts of animals.

    Every action makes a difference

    The Pledge Board gives us all a chance to reflect on and state how we want to make a difference.  I started this website because I wanted to make a difference to help animals and hopefully make it easier for people to find very little ways or larger ways to get involved.  I think every single action – however large or small – makes a difference.

    Join everyone pledging for animals

    One of the reasons for this is that if you take one action, you feel good about it and it usually propels people into wanting to take another and another and another.  Before you know it, quite a few actions have built up. 

    So have a think about what you would write on the Pledge Board and see what you can do to carry it through.  Every action makes a difference. 

    Visit World Animal Day's website