Flight Path is a fundraising programme driven by Christchurch Helicopters in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC), to help save the critically endangered orange-fronted kākāriki.
The remaining populations of this native parakeet are found only within a 30km radius of the beech forest valleys in Canterbury: the Hawdon, Poulter and Hurunui. Their little-known status mirrors their tiny population, which is close to extinction. There are now fewer than 100 of these beautiful birds left in the wild.
These brave little locals face a multitude of challenges if they are to survive, but their greatest threat is predation from rodents. Nesting in tree holes, the orange-fronted kākāriki are easy targets for stoats and rats, while possums also prey upon their eggs and nestlings.
Flight Path aims to raise funds to reverse their declining population in the hope that one day the orange-fronted kākāriki will flourish again.
The Valley Ultra is taking place in these little guys back yard. They are cheeky, shy, colourful and unique to the Canterbury area they call home.
As wonderful as they are, they need help and we want to do what we can to assist their plight and to see them flourish once again.
You can make a one off donation to the fund when you register for the event or if you have fallen in love with these gorgeous parakeets like we have, you can fundraise for them using the Givealittle page here.
Take a look at more info on the Christchurch Helicopters website here.