Story: Magazines and periodicals

Forest and Bird

The first issue of Birds was produced in 1923 as a newsletter, before becoming a magazine in 1924 (first image). The quarterly was the mouthpiece for the New Zealand Native Bird Protection Society, an early environmental advocacy group. In October 1933 Birds was renamed Forest and Bird, reflecting the recognition that forest habitat was vital to save native birds. Eighteen months later the organisation was renamed the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society. Its magazine continued to be published in 2014 (second image).

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Ben Schrader, 'Magazines and periodicals - Specialist and lifestyle magazines: 1890s to 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 June 2023)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Apr 2020