Forest & Bird’s network of volunteers around New Zealand is the driving force behind many of our local and regional campaigns, hands-on conservation projects and field studies.
Volunteers are the life-blood of our organisation, clocking up an estimated 864,000 hours each year helping out on a variety of tasks that contribute to enhanced protection of our native plants, animals and habitats.
- Building and maintaining tracks
- Eradicating noxious weeds
- Planting trees and other native plants
- Monitoring bird populations
- Pest control (trapping and bait lines)
- Co-ordinating activities for our children’s club (KCC)
- Building and distributing nesting boxes for little blue penguins
- Helping undertake translocations of endangered species
- Making submissions to local and regional government on conservation issues
- Taking part in local events such as Conservation Week activities
- Holding beach clean-up days
Forest & Bird also undertakes an annual trip to Vaathe Conservation Area in Vanuatu to work on conservation projects, particularly eradication of “big leaf vine” which is smothering much of the native forest there.
This two week trip, led by our South Island Field Officer Sue Maturin, includes day treks, a workshop on customary medicine & weaving and village tours. (Cost of travel is met by participants).