Since 1994, we have supported the centre’s quest to preserve Northland’s natural environment and bird life. The centre takes in injured birds and nurses them to health for release back into the wild. Nearly 60% of all birds received by the centre are successfully released. Those that are not released because of permanent injury remain at the centre cared for by volunteers and admired by visitors. The Native Bird Recovery Centre began as a dream for Robert and Robyn Webb who wanted to provide a facility that could care for and protect native birds. And since 1994 Northpower has supported the Centre’s quest to preserve Northland’s natural environment and bird life.
Northpower lends a hand to the environment and the community through its ongoing support for Whangarei's Native Bird Recovery Centre Highlights of the year were the attendance by centre manager Robert Webb and Sparky the kiwi at an event to highlight UN World Environment Day, and a visit from world-renowned environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau.
This year more than 1000 school students visited the centre, which cared for around 800 injured birds and successfully returned around half of these to the wild.
Home to nine resident birds, the Centre received around 1300 injured or abandoned birds last year, including kiwi, wood pigeons, harrier hawks, blue penguins, petrels, moreporks and albatrosses among other birds. The number of birds taken to the Centre has doubled every year since it opened in 1994.
Visitor numbers to reflect that the Centre’s popularity continues to steadily increase as a result of both national and international exposure. The largest number of tourists ever seen at the Centre filed through the doors in the past year. Today, the Centre’s diverse operations also include interactive educational programmes for school children.
For more information visit the Northpower Native Bird Recovery Centre website