A century of conservation

One hundred, years ago on 28 March 1923, a small group of men and women established the Native Bird Protection Society in Wellington. This year the Society, now known as Forest & Bird, is celebrating a significant anniversary – its centenary.

It is a once-in-a-100-year chance to encourage Kiwis to take action and do a little something to help nature thrive – and for everyone to join in with the fun.

The celebrations kick off with The Big Birthday Bashes on 25 & 26 March in Whanganui,  Whakatū Nelson, and The Catlins. There are activities for the whole family, including scavenger hunts, tours of local Forest & Bird reserves, photo competitions, and eating lots of cake.

“The birthday bashes are an opportunity for Kiwis to come together and reflect on 100 years of conservation mahi,” said Forest & Bird’s chief executive, Nicola Toki.

Forest & Bird is honoured to have eight New Zealand composers take audiences on a journey inspired by the natural world at three Force of Nature concerts in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (world premiere 17 March), Wānaka (2 April) and Ōtautahi Christchurch (3 April).

There is also a monthly speaker series, the launch of four stunning postage stamps, a centennial conference at Te Papa, and a tribute to Forest & Bird’s founder Captain Ernest Val Sanderson planned.

“It’s a privilege to share stories about our history and acknowledge the successes of so many dedicated volunteers and staff over the past 100 years,” said Ms Toki.

“From Forest & Bird’s earliest days until now, five generations of conservation volunteers have been protecting and restoring the wild places and wildlife in Aotearoa.”

Forest & Bird’s message is one of hope. There are many ways we can all make positive changes and come together to restore nature back to abundance and wellbeing. Have a look in your backyard, what will your legacy be?

See www.forestandbird.org.nz/centennialcelebrations 

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