You may see the dotterel on sandspits and beaches, but their nests won't be so obvious. Breeding birds are often disturbed by humans and their dogs, vehicles, and stock, which crush eggs and chicks. When you're travelling around New Zealand coastlines, look out for markers like seaweed and driftwood. Help the New Zealand dotterel continue to increase in population.
Amaryllis Kint and Loredana Kint
The tūturiwhatu (New Zealand Dotterel) campaign is managed by sisters Loredana and Amaryllis Kint: they recognise that this dotterel is an iconic mascot for other downtrodden native birds. The NZ Dotterel is an adorable bird with a history of bravery and resilience.
If you're lucky, you'll see these fluffy birds bouncing across New Zealand's shores and nowhere else in the world! Aside from spending time obsessing over cute dotterel photos on Flickr, Loredana is a medical student, and Amaryllis is a veterinary student. Check out their social media profiles for the NZ dotterel at the links below, and remember: don't step on the dotterels!