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Miranda Naturalists' Trust

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Keith Woodley
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Miranda Shorebird Centre
283 East Coast Road, RD3, Pokeno
New Zealand
Miranda Naturalists' Trust is a charitable trust, which owns and operates the Miranda Shorebird Centre at Miranda / Pukorokoro on the western shore of the Firth of Thames. Our aims include promoting awareness of coastal ecology, specifically the flora and fauna in and around the Firth of Thames and particularly the migratory shorebirds that live in this environment. Research, education, training and active conservation are the regular daily activities that occur at the Shorebird Centre. The Trust has a mutually cooperative relationship with the Department of Conservation but is not funded by the New Zealand Government.
Mission: Keep the birds coming.
The birds in question are migratory shorebirds. Some of these birds are found only in New Zealand, for example the Wrybill, which breeds in the braided rivers of the South Island. Also important at Miranda are the Red Knot and the Bar-tailed Godwit which spend the New Zealand summer at the Firth of Thames and migrate every year to the arctic tundra to breed. The northward migration from New Zealand to Alaska requires the godwit and knot to stop over in the Yellow Sea, whose shores belong to China and North Korea and South Korea.
Miranda Naturalist’s Trust, through its association with other groups in the East Asian Australasian Flyway, seeks to extend the protection of migratory shorebirds within New Zealand and beyond the borders of New Zealand to all parts of the world that are important to these species.


New Zealand Department of Conservation and Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand