A Dunedin primary school has been instrumental in pushing the
morepork to the top of the Bird of the Year poll with just
days to go before the poll closes.
A total of 9071 votes have so far been cast in the Forest and
Bird poll which aims to raise awareness of threatened native
Tainui School adopted the native owl after finding one in its
school grounds last summer and had been researching the bird,
Kiwi Conservation Club manager Tiff Stewart said.
So far, the morepork (ruru) has received 1399 votes.
Other birds found in Otago that are in the running include
the albatross on 452 votes, mohua (520), kea (512) and kereru
Voting for the Bird of the Year closes on Tuesday.