When I feel a little unsettled or disgruntled about not being in Europe, it's things like Forest and Bird's Bird of the Year campaign that remind me what a wonderful and special place New Zealand is.
And what I like even more are the fun personal 'campaigns', often sponsored by well-known figures/firms, supporting 'their' bird. You can see some of this activity here http://www.facebook.com/ForestandBird
A few photos from the current campaign...
I know I am going to agonise over my choice because I will feel bad for all the birds I don't vote for!
Hopefully it's awareness-raising activities like this that will prevent the extinction of yet more precious native birds in Aotearoa.