Sunday, June 24, 2018

New Editor for "Birds New Zealand" appointed

Wellington-based writer and editor Michael Szabo has been appointed as the new editor of the Birds New Zealand magazine. He has previously written about New Zealand birds and their conservation in New Zealand Geographic, New Scientist, Forest & Bird and IUCN World Conservation magazines, and has contributed 50 species accounts to New Zealand Birds Online, covering seabirds, waders, songbirds, and extinct species such as the nine recognised moa species. He is also the principal author of Wild Encounters (Penguin Books NZ), a site guide to discovering New Zealand's unique birds and marine wildlife.

He is a former editor of Forest & Bird magazine and a former Communications Manager at the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand and at BirdLife International in the UK. He was also the founding director of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Kermadec Initiative, a marine conservation project set up to promote a 620,000 square kilometre ocean sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands out to the 200 kilometre boundary of New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Prime Minister John Key announced the establishment of a 620,000 square kilometre Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on 29th September 2015. The sanctuary, which will include 15% of New Zealand's EEZ, will protect over 6 million seabirds of 39 species in the area ranging from tiny storm-petrels to giant wandering albatrosses.

Welcome Michael to this important Society position! A big thank you also to Nick Allen, who produced our magazine for the past 12 years!