The first FLOCK had come into being.
At Pukorokoro-Miranda Shorebird Centre (PMSC) we thought "Hmmn, this is great, we could give this a kiwi twist and help to promote the cause of shorebirds in NZ." So we began to create our FLOCK
There was a real need. Those migratory birds that leave us to breed in the Arctic have been suffering. Each year fewer birds reach the shores of NZ from their Arctic breeding grounds. To make it even more urgent we had just learned the extent of this population decline. Each year the Bar-tailed Godwit, the NZ Bird of the Year, was losing 2% of its population. For other species the decline was much worse. The long term prospects were very worrying,
We will be blogging about THE FLOCK for another year. In fact until they leave our shores for their breeding grounds via the Yellow Sea. Over that year we want to tell you about these birds, their amazing abilities and the problems that they are facing. We won't be forgetting our own shorebirds either.
Many of these are facing challenges of a different nature. There are so many interesting stories to tell. We would particularly want o hear from all of you folk out there. Building THE FLOCK is becoming a real adventure. We don't know where it will end but do no that it will be, in fact is, a real success. But we have hardly started.
is where we were on the 14th of February this year.We had this very small flock but PMSC was convinced that this project was going to work. So we started.
hey signed and decorated birds and THE FLOCK grew some more.
At this moment there are schools and individuals busy making and decorating birds. Many are around Miranda but there are others in the Bay of Plenty,Devonport and even in Christchurch. It could even be whole new South Island FLOCK!
Many people are involved, Children, teachers and grown ups as well. We want to tell all of their stories.