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No food or water for drunk pigeons

Media Release 18 May 2020 A steep rise in the number of drunk wood pigeons (keruru) turning up at the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre has led manager Robert Webb to issue a warning – don’t offer the drunks anything to eat or drink. With native autumn forest fruits coming to an end, Webb says…
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Boat shortfall leaves Bird Centre high and dry

Media Release 11 May 2020 A $7000 funding shortfall for a new rescue boat means the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre is unable to mount sea rescue operations for injured birds, including the iconic albatross. Bird Centre manager Robert Webb says the Centre had been without a boat now for three months, which was a…
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April 2019 Column

One question I get asked is how old Sparky is, my Kiwi, Sparky is now just over 15 years old, I received Sparky when he was around 2 months old. He has his own pen outside which has matured Native Trees in it, the leaves fall on the ground which makes it just like in…
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February 2019 Column

Welcome to the first Column for 2019, we were very busy over January And I forgot. Most Birds have finished nesting so now is a good time to check your chimney before winter comes around, I know winter is still some time away, but it could cost you big time if you light your fire…
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December 2018 Column

2018 has been another good year for the Recovery Centre, support for the Centre is what keeps it going, some of our Sponsors have been with us for many years, like Mike Daniel, NorthPower, Bayer NZ Ltd, Sophie Edwards, Northland seed supplies, Northland Regional Council, Carter Holt Harvey, Mill Road vets and Northland Districts Security.…
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November 2018 Column

We would like to thank Northpower for their renewal of their Sponsorship, this is what enables the Recovery Centre to keep going each year. We should not have to struggle each year when looking after our Native Birds, I see where thousand are found to look after the Kauri Trees, walking tracks, predator control and…
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October 2018 Column

Springtime at last, this will start to bring warmer weather, but it also signals the start of the Wild Bird chick season. Each year we receive many baby Birds, some of this could be avoided by reminding Children that when they see a nest with baby Birds in it, they are better being left in…
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September 2018 Column

It looks like our quite time is nearly over, many of the Blackbirds and Thrush are either making nests or feeding their young so all the other Wild Birds will start to follow. Please remind children not to remove baby Birds from a nest, some Children like to try and be helpful but looking after…
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August 2018 Column

I notice many of the smaller Birds Like the Thrush, Blackbirds and the Starlings are busy getting prepared for nesting time, so I guess by early next month we will start to see an increase in young Bird numbers. I would like to say a big thank you to the Northpower Board and Staff for…
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June 2018 Column

On the 28th June we have two items happening at the Centre, one is our AGM which will be held at 1.30pm at the Recovery Centre, Members of the Public are welcome. The other is we are having a celebration marking 25 years we have been operating from our site. One question I get asked…
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