A whio on a log
Image: Sabine Bernert | ©


March is Whio Awareness Month.


Whio Awareness Month is celebrated during March, when young adult whio which have been reared in captivity are released back into the wild. We celebrate the month with stories, events and competitions through our partnership with Genesis in the Whio Forever Programme.

Whio Awareness Month activities on Whio Forever website.

    Whio Awareness Month on the blog

    • Whio Journal: Catching whio on Boyd Stream
      17 March 2020
      In our latest Whio Journal we catch-up with our science technician Jason Malham to talk about catching and banding whio and why we do it.
    • Whio Journal: Saving our iconic blue duck
      04 March 2020
      Tune in to our new blog series 'Whio Journal' for monthly updates from our rangers and whio community out in the field, doing the mahi to protect our precious and Threatened-Nationally Vulnerable whio.
    • A Duck’s life – Whio Forever
      13 May 2019
      Jazzy is a whio (blue duck) living at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre. Jazzy has a weak spot for fellow resident, Jimmy, and his ‘blue steel’ model looks. Together, Jazzy and Jimmy are helping to increase whio numbers in the wild.
    • Growing whio numbers in the Whirinaki River
      26 March 2019
      March is Whio Awareness Month! Our biodiversity rangers kicked off the month by removing bands from whio in the Whirinaki River. 

    Stories about whio

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