Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre

Bayer New Zealand is a major sponsor of The Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre in Whangarei, New Zealand. The centre provides a facility to care for and protect New Zealand’s very special native birdlife.

The centre takes in injured birds and nurses them back to health for release back into the wild. Nearly 60% of endemic and native birds brought to the centre are successfully released again. The centre also has a number of incubators purchased with funds raised by local community groups to incubate eggs, and is very proud of its 98% hatching success with kiwi eggs.

The number of birds being brought into the centre has doubled every year since it opened in l994. It is now handling close to l300 birds a year, including kiwi, wood pigeons, moreporks, harrier hawks, albatrosses and a wide range of common birds.

Staff are all volunteer workers who give their time to help ensure New Zealand’s remaining native bird species survive. The centre relies entirely on sponsors such as Bayer, donations and gifts to meet its running costs, and feed the birds.