Each year campaigns and events take place for raising awareness of the environmental issues we face in Aotearoa and how we can act for the greater good. If you are looking to get involved or seeking inspiration to start your own conservation project, then start by reading up on some of the key events outlined below.
Whio Awareness Month – April 2019
April is the month when New Zealand celebrates the iconic blue duck called whio. The whio is an important species as it’s presence alone is indicative of a healthy eco-system in rivers nationwide. This native NZ animal is one of the few species of duck in the world to live in fast-flowing streams. Sadly, there are only around 3,000 left in the wild according to Whio Forever, which has launched to help the population to thrive through support from DoC and the public. Participating in competitions and events are just some of ways you can make a difference.
International Day for Biological Diversity - 22 May 2019
The International Day for Biological Diversity is an annual campaign that aims to shine a light on biodiversity issues worldwide. Spearheaded by the United Nations, this year’s theme is: "Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity". Environmental and conservation events scheduled in New Zealand will be announced later in the year.
In the meantime, you can find out more about what’s happening this year by visiting the following campaigns:
The Green Wave
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity on facebook
Trillion Tree Campaign
Arbor Day - 5 June 2019
Arbor Day is a day dedicated to inspiring people to people to plant, nurture and appreciate native trees. The Arbor Day Foundation asks us to take a moment to celebrate what trees do for us: cleaning air and water, reducing climate change, elevating poverty and hunger, and providing a home to native wild animals. On June 5th do your bit by planting, nurturing or caring for woodland areas in your local environment.
Conservation Week - 14-22 September 2018
Conservation Week is an annual campaign run by the Department of Conservation in New Zealand. It’s purpose is to communicate the benefits of conservation and encourage people to get involved in nature and help to take care of it. You can support Conservation Week by joining a local community-based project, entering one of the many competitions, or participating in a DoC activity in your area.
Save Kiwi Month - October
Join the fight to save New Zealand’s national icon during Save Kiwi Month in October. Kiwis for Kiwis has tons of great ideas for ways to show your support. You can see read about last year’s fun activities here, and browse the site to find out what exciting events are being planned in your area for 2019. Rainbow Springs has a dedicated page to Kiwi Conservation for further reading, where you can discover fun facts, latest news and information about behind the scenes tours.