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Bird Recovery Centre receives vital support

Bird Recovery Centre receives vital support

• Bayer continues to support Recovery Centre after 17 years
• Three-year sponsorship secured

Tuesday 18th September 2018 – Celebrity bird Sparky the one-legged kiwi and thousands of other injured Northland birds can look forward to continued support from Bayer thanks to the company renewing its three-year sponsorship agreement with the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre.

The sponsorship consists of financial support plus contributions of Bayer animal health products used by the Centre’s veterinarian team to treat injured or sick birds.

Bird Centre manager Robert Webb says much of the work done to save birds, including safeguarding our national icon, could not have been done without Bayer’s long standing support.

“Bayer was one of the first big corporate companies to come on board and start supporting the Centre nearly 17 years ago.

“Since then we’ve had nothing but continued assistance from Bayer, which not only includes financial sponsorship for general operating costs, but also contributions towards items such as our surgery and incubation unit, a new boat, GPS equipment, computers, fencing, hospital equipment and much more.”

The centre’s operations include:
• Rescuing, caring for and rehabilitating more than 1200 birds each year
• Helping save the kiwi by being part of the kiwi recovery programme in conjunction with the Department of Conservation
• Running education programmes for around 6000 school children
• Fostering environmental consciousness in Northland's communities
• Ongoing care of birds with permanent injuries
• Incubating kiwi eggs and rearing chicks until they can be released into the wild
• Providing free access to the Bird Recovery Centre for the public.

Bayer New Zealand Managing Director Derek Bartlett says “The principles of the native bird recovery centre are very much in line with Bayer’s responsibilities for sustainable development, both in conservation and education, as well as our interests in animal health and welfare.”
“We continue to be impressed by the amazing work that Robert and his wife Robyn do at the Bird Centre and we are proud to support them.”

For more information about the bird centre visit the website www.nbr.org.nz


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