Tara iti | with roughly 40 individuals remaining the New Zealand fairy tern is Aotearoa’s rarest endemic bird. Threats to the remaining population include habitat disturbance, predation, as well as diminishing sources of food (whitebait). What can you do to help?
1. Respect habitats, especially when cordoned off and follow any rules set out by DoC signage.
2. Pop a few traps in your backyard. Backyard trapping for pests is becoming more widespread and is having tangible results in the form of a flourishing of our native birds in areas of high participation.
3. When fishing (particularly for whitebait) take only what you need. Whitebait are a juvenile form of a number of our native freshwater fish species and therefore when taken haven’t had a chance to reproduce and add to the population. With large amounts taken, not only are the fish populations themselves collapsing but also those species that rely on them for food.