The plan focuses on retention of viable wild whio populations. Active management is needed to ensure the species’ long-term survival.
The Manganui o te Ao River along with other smaller mountain rivers hold high numbers of whio.
The Northern Fiordland Whio 'Security Site' located in Fiordland National Park is one of eight sites identified as a priority for whio management in the national whio recovery plan.
Get information about the Oparara Blue Duck Protection Programme, sponsored by Solid Energy.
Tongariro Forest is one of eight security sites for whio, and has the highest numbers of pairs protected and the highest density of birds than anywhere else in the country.
Contact the Blue Duck Recovery Group leader Andrew Glaser at:
Battle for our Birds is DOC's successful national predator control programme that protects our most at-risk native wildlife and forests on conservation land around New Zealand.
The blue duck/whio is only found in New Zealand. It is a nationally vulnerable species and faces a risk of becoming extinct.