Boy with whio. 


April is Whio Awareness Month – celebrating and promoting our endangered blue duck.


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April is the month for celebrating whio – New Zealand's iconic blue duck.

These unique birds are some of the only ducks in the world to live in fast flowing streams. Their presence is a great indicator of healthy river eco-systems.

But, with less than 3000 left in New Zealand, we've got to do our best to keep them around!

To celebrate Whio Awareness month, you can

  • take part in events and competitions
  • purchase a whio rubber duck from a DOC visitor centre
  • visit the Whio Forever website for more ways to get involved.
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