Art Competition for Bird of the Year 2023

Bittern Drawing Competition 2023

The Forest Bridge Trust is running an Art competition to celebrate The Forest & Birds, Bird of the Year / Century 2023

With The Forest Bridge Trust championing Matuku-hūrepo / The Australasian Bittern in the 2023 campaign we are looking for the best drawing/painting/sculpture / objet d’art of the mysterious and critically endangered bird, the bittern.

matuku-hūrepo are found in wetland areas of Rodney & Kaipara. They are well camouflaged, but they do have a distinctive boom. Here are a few links that might prove useful when researching the Bittern.

Competition T&C’s:

  1. Open to NZ residents only
  2. Entries close at noon on 09 Oct 2023
  3. Please email your picture/artwork to us as a jpeg and include your name and age –
  4. There will be a winner from each age group 6 and under (0-6) / 12 and under (7-12) / 18 and under (13-18)
  5. Prizes include books and vouchers.
  6. Winning pictures will be displayed on The Forest Bridge Trust website and social media platforms.
  7. Please make Matuku-hūrepo / The Australasian Bittern one of your 3 votes in The Forest and Bird, Bird of the Century Competition, voting opens on 30 October.

The vision of The Forest Bridge is to create a connected landscape of healthy forest and flourishing indigenous wildlife from the Kaipara Harbour in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east.