NZ’s Silent Forests – Where have the Birds Gone?

Botanist Joseph Banks who came with Cook to NZ described the loudness of Aotearoa’s (NZ’s) bush in the late 1700s …

‘This morn I was awakd by the singing of the birds ashore from whence we are distant not a quarter of a mile, the numbers of them were certainly very great who seemd to strain their throats with emulation perhaps; their voices were certainly the most melodious wild musick I have ever heard, almost imitating small bells but with the most tuneable silver sound imaginable to which maybe the distance was no small addition. On enquiring of our people I was told that they have had observd them ever since we have been here, and that they begin to sing at about 1 or 2 in the morn and continue till sunrise, after which they are silent all day like our nightingales.’ 

We are now told this has stopped because of the pest population, however, if you listened at the link above you’d know Te Urewera still has this very loud chorus & it has not been poisoned  with 1080.

Thanks to the GrafBoys they have filmed the silent 1080 poisoned forests, and they have filmed the non-1080-poisoned forests.

 

Telling isn’t it?

The Taranaki ngahere has been poisoned with 1080 for 27 years and is about (as at February 2019) to be poisoned again. A local observer Brett Power recently posted a video demonstrating the quietness of the area now. No birds. Eerie silence he says.

Twenty sevn years worth?  It seems to not be working then?

Just the other day one of our readers commented below one of our 1080 articles:

“As a retired Hunter & photographer who has always lived in the bush, I can say that I have always known that DoC’s Scientific reports are false, People in the city know nothing about the Great outdoors & the Animals & people who live within the forest. I am 74 years old this year, I have never seen such a decline in birds as there is now.”

Here is another comment:

I myself love photographing Birds, I have been doing it all my life, I did extensive Travel in South Is. when I was young, I have just returned from a Photography trip in Fiordland, So Sad the 1080 Poison has killed so many of the Birds, I only got 3 Good photos of Birds, compared with 50 odd in the 1970s, What I did see a lot of, was 1080 Poison Signs.

And another:

Me and my sister used to take trips out to Kinloch to take our kids for ice creams and just enjoy the scenery. That was until we noticed warning signs for 1080 being dumped in the area and seeing multiple dead birds no way we were going to let our small children play there anymore!

Anyway, listen to the commentary here from Brett Power in the Taranaki:


Finally remember the recent revelation from a LandCare Scientist that one of DoC’s South Island aerial 1080 drops would have killed an estimated 10,000 birds. And we’re supposed to believe 1080 only kills targeted pests?


Cruel poisons will never bring back the birdsong

Mainstream has posted an opinion piece by Fiona McQueen on our diminishing birds.

OPINION: Dave Hansford has launched yet another attack against those opposed to pest control in the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, near Nelson. This sanctuary has just reopened, surrounded by a 14km pest-proof fence. It will be stocked with kiwi, kākāriki and kākā.

READ MORE

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/109905094/cruel-poisons-will-never-bring-back-the-birdsong?fbclid=IwAR3yH5TEU4e8nFP4bqDYU-feu_R-hLPL8QrGFVY1Gaoro3l22tFCbfC6gJ8


RELATED ARTICLES:

SILENT FOREST NOW IN FIORDLAND’S HOLLYFORD VALLEY – NO BIRDS – ONLY CICADAS & TOURIST TRAFFIC A LOCAL REPORTS 14/2/19


POSTSCRIPT:

If you have examples of forests grown silent & have videos, and / or comments to make please add them in the comments section or send them via the contact page & I will add them. Random evidence by itself is more easily dismissed by the authorities but all together as a collective the evidence is far harder to dismiss. People need to see what is really happening. It may interest you to know that the FB share buttons frequently disappear from my 1080 articles. I have to regularly review and reinstate missing share buttons, particularly on very popular 1080 posts. If you spot any please give me a heads up via comments. 

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2 thoughts on “NZ’s Silent Forests – Where have the Birds Gone?”

  1. Last year we visited Lake Rotopounamu off 47. We red at the campground how amazing the sound of the birds would be. I was expecting a concert. When we walked around the small lake there was not a SINGLE bird visible or bird sound hearable…. it was very weird and it felt very sad… was there a 1080 drop in this area?

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