Help Farewell the Godwits

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Christchurch’s much-loved visitors, the bar-tailed Godwits, will embark on their epic journey back to Alaska at 5.30pm this Friday at the Southshore Spit Reserve, despite the suspected outbreak of Avian botulism in the city’s east.

Traditionally, at the end of each summer, Christchurch residents have the opportunity to bid farewell to the Godwits (kuaka) at a brief and informative ceremony before they head back to their Alaskan breeding grounds.

They arrive each September, having made the longest nonstop flight known for any bird – more than 11,000 kilometres – from Alaska to New Zealand to escape the northern winter

Read full article , which was written and published by The Star, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) - Photo by Andreas Trepte


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