Dangerous Forest and Bird Propaganda

Twitter and Twig” has put out some highly inaccurate material on 1080 poison: a classic example of “alternative facts”. Anti-1080 activist Carol Sawyer tells the story.

Need to counter the misinformation

By Carol Sawyer

And here is the original post I did to go with the Birdbrain poster:


“Forest and Bird Society” and the Dept of Conservation do school visits.

This is how our children get brainwashed with completely false propaganda!

Appalling brainwashing of children on a very important issue

This poster is a creation of Ann Graeme and Tim Galloway – see here:


Kiri Kiwi

If you want to know how your children are being brainwashed with lies look no further than the Forest and Bird ‘Kiwi Conservation Club’s “ magazine ‘Wild Things’.

Ann has edited and written the magazine with illustrator Tim Galloway since 1992, telling stories about nature, conservation and science in a way that children understand and love.

She’s taught important lessons through magazine characters Kiri Kiwi and Willie Weka.

The wrong sort of education

Forest & Bird Communications Manager Marina Skinner says a generation of children has learned about nature from Ann. “Ann has inspired thousands of children with her stories and she’s helped many of them to grow into today’s conservationists.”

The reality

This poster also appears in the joint Federated Farmers, Forest and Bird Society page ” 1080: The Facts” – which should be renamed ” 1080 : The Fallacies “.

If you are having trouble seeing the poster in my post it is clearer in this link :


Make no mistake, our children’s minds are being filled with this kind of garbage by Forest and Bird’s “Kiwi Conservation Club”, and DoC – from pre-school onwards.


Reminds me of how others in past history brainwashed the youth of their countries.

Children instinctively love all animals, don’t they? Given the chance most would fill their lives with them. Least ways that is how I remember childhood, I wanted to make a pet of everything. Fluffy, cuddly, slippery, slimy, hoppy, crawly, it all got a chance. In the wonder of Nature. Now we have organisations like F&B, cleverly targeting the impressionable minds of the young to further their own warped ideology of what is native and what is not. All the while failing to acknowledge that the children and themselves, are by their own narrow definition, not native either. The fact you are born here doesn’t apply to so-called pests but somehow does for the most destructive of animals; US and of course our domestic stock, who have an exemption. So for selected non-natives, its complete extermination- nothing less will do and somehow it’s important that this is imprinted in minds and hearts from an early age. It is a kind of insanity which has taken over this country. Thank you Carol, for your awareness raising article that highlights just how insidious and mean-spirited the actions of the pest industry are.

As a counter to the false information provided in this Forest and Bird poster above, here are the correct facts that the information bubbles and panels should contain :

Weka were first listed in 1979 as being killed by aerial 1080 operations.

The manufacturers add green colour and cinnamon and claim that this makes the baits safe for birds. Birds are still known to eat them and only a tiny bit is lethal to them, plus they eat poisoned animals. Birds killed by aerial 1080 poisoning have included Australian harrier, weka, pukeko, kaka, kea, morepork, rifleman, NZ pipit, brown creeper, whitehead, grey warbler, fantail, tit, robin, silvereye, kokako, tui, kereru, kakariki, and fernbird.

1080 is also especially harmful to insects, as the Dept of Conservation and Forest and Bird know. A study found a severe negative impact of aerial 1080 on terrestrial invertebrates, persisting for at least a year. However unscientific studies by DoC have been used since to back up claims of a lack of effect. Fragments of baits and dust help spread the poison far and wide. Insects feeding on the baits become deadly prey, ( e.g. a cave weta was found to contain 130mg 1080/kg ).

The baits and poisoned carcasses can last for months. Breakdown products (fluorocitrate and fluoromethane) are very toxic too.

1080 doesn’t always kill off stoats, ( who don’t eat baits, and prefer live prey ), and those stoats that remain switch to eating birds when rats are killed.

Mice don’t like 1080 and do well without the rats. Increased numbers of mice are usually seen following poisoning. Then within months hordes of rats usually appear. This is because rats are very fast breeding and fast to invade. They can eat almost anything. They take over the food supplies left by the poisoned animals. Where stoats are poisoned or trapped, the rats’ major predator is gone.

The baits land in streams as well. 1080 is highly toxic to some aquatic invertebrates and plants. Effects on freshwater ecology have been very poorly studied and indications of effects on stream invertebrates were not followed up.

DoC’s latest answer to 1080’s lack of effectiveness is to increase the poisoning – spreading double the number of baits, then if there are surviving rats, repeating the double-sowing. Rare, slow-breeding native species will be severely at risk.