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With a percentage of our web and shop sales being earmarked for NZ conservation projects, we are now ready to roll up our sleeves and do the good work again - yippee!


If you have an awesome project underway to help boost our dawn chorus and could do with some support,
please
download our application form here.

 

Note: we are currently working with two conservation groups on projects, however our fund is ongoing and we will consider the next round of applications in April 2017.

 

We want to lend our collective support to the little, local hardworking conservation groups out there...the ones doing the good work, the hard work, the dirty work (in our opinion, the most important work) yet are flying under the radar of major sponsorship. But first, we need to find out whats happening in your area...

 

So like the loudest dawn chorus please...let us know your news, your projects, the good work you're getting done...lets talk so that together we can make a difference to our precious land. Lets regenerate what we have lost, protect and preserve what we still have and come to appreciate it that much more.

 
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The Great NZ Bird Question
 
"If you were stranded on a remote island and could only have one NZ bird for company,
which would you choose and why?"
 
This is the question we put to you in a facebook competition - and whoa...did we open a proverbial can of worms! Nearly 600 responses, including many quirky answers, personal anecdotes and awesome pictures, flooded our page.

After many hours spent reading each and every answer, some really interesting things about us, and our birds, started to reveal themselves...

 
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We have been very lucky to take a trip down memory lane and head back to the site of our very first conservation project - Chalky Island Eco Sanctuary. We are ecstatic to report that the South Island Robins we translocated to this safe haven in 2010 are so plentiful now that they are now being considered as a seed source for establishing populations on other bird sanctuaries - the best news! Check out some of our snaps from this amazing trip...
 
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While there, we helped to audit the native Te Kakahu Skink population. Endemic to Chalky Island, it's vitally important to keep tabs on how these rare lizards are getting on so we can ensure they stick around for the future. Chalky Island is such a special place to us, and as one of New Zealand's pest-free sanctuaries it's also hugely important to the successful conservation of our native species.
 
Of course, this is all thanks to YOU! The fantastic support we receive from our loyal Chalky friends is what makes it possible for us to continue this conservation work, and this is something really close to our hearts.
 


The Story of Chalky D - A Falcon Flies Free...

As told by Chalkydigits' founder, Liz Collins...
 
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It's 2016 - Happy New Year! We wanted to share a feel-good story we've been working on to start of this new year, so...meet Chalky D and his brother Miss FnB!

Last year, we briefly introduced you to this cute duo... a gorgeous pair of native and endangered falcon chicks. There's a whole story behind their intrepid journey into the wilderness of NZ, involving Chalkydigits, a big river and a very unexpected adoption! It's quite long, but well-worth the heartwarming outcome, so please keep reading!

 

The Kiwi with the Chalky Digits
 
In 2015 this cute kiwi chick hatched at Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park and had very rare white toes - true-blue chalky digits - how cute is that?!

We held a competition to name the little guy, and Digit was the winner, chosen by Fiona. The little fellow was nurtured to a healthy age before he was released back into the (protected) wild of Tongariro National Park.



 
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Our Hearts Beat for Kokako!

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In 2011 we released this cute, collectible badge so all proceeds could be donated to the Kaharoa Kokako Trust to help protect their local flock of kokako. The trust had done a stellar job of bringing these birds back from the brink of disappearance but desperately needed a 'nest egg' to secure their ongoing protection in the future.

Altogether we raised a whopping $17,000! The trustees were so thankful they invited us to Kaharoa Forest to see the kokako for ourselves...um, YES! So in the pre-dawn dark, with a lucky chalky fan in tow, we headed into the Kaharoa Forest to hear the call of the kokako...

 
You can read about our project, our trip to see the kokako and the amazing work of the trust here...

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Image credit: Simon Fordham

More Cool Kokako News...
 
The Grey Ghost of the Forest

In this moving piece, our NZ Threatened Species Ambassador, Nic Toki, shares her tribute to the endangered kokako. There's also a couple of cute vids (perfect for the kiddies!) of her working with kokako at Pukaha Mt Bruce and Nga Whenua Rahui too.

Read Nic's blog here...
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South Island Robin returns home to Chalky Island


Our first conservation project ever and wow - what an inspiring journey this has taken us on! In 2009, while brainstorming inspiration for our Winter range, we reflected upon our love for this land and how we might infuse this passion into our designs. We had heard of eco-sanctuary Chalky Island in Fiordland, and we thought there were some key similarities between us; obviously the likeness to our own name, but also the values reflected in the restoration of Chalky Island really resonated with ours: to nurture and protect our precious environment.
 
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This fired our imaginations and now we not only had the inspiration for our next range, but also a greater purpose; to take an active hand in the ecological restoration of this native sanctuary. Talented local artist Ben Reid jumped on board to help us with our nature-inspired designs and then it was born - an eye-catching range called Chalky Island and also, most excitingly - a little South Island Robin pin-badge to raise funds for our first-ever conservation project.

To our utter joy, our little south island robin badges were an instant hit and literally flew out the door. We were gobsmacked at how the idea captured the hearts and minds of so many - and the huge level of support we received for our ambitious endeavour. With funds firmly in hand, and an excited chalky fan and photographer in tow, we headed to the magical wonderland that is Fiordland to get the birds back to Chalky!
 
Together We Can Make A Difference

It has to be said; we owe you all a standing ovation for supporting our vision of protecting one of our vulnerable native treasures. We were thrilled to be able to restore the robin back to its home - and really make an impact on the conservation of our native species.


Read more about the incredible history of Chalky Island and our mission to restore the robins here...
 
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Want a cute South Island Robin badge?
They're still stocked at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre: 0064 3 249 7924