Convergence partner Steve Attwood at the Nut Point Centre Gallery in West Melton.

Convergence partner Steve Attwood at the Nut Point Centre Gallery in West Melton.

Saving rare wildlife all in a days work

Convergence partner Steve Attwood recently supported the conservation of the world’s rarest wading bird, New Zealand’s Kaki (black stilt), by donating some of his bird photography to a fundraising auction.

Funds raised will benefit Braided River Awareness and the Department of Conservation’s Kaki Recovery Programme.

The Braided River Aid organisation, which Steve is an active member of, is dedicated to maintaining braided rivers for the survival of the birds that depend on this type of river. Some of these birds, along with the Kaki, are on the verge of extinction, and will soon be gone if their habitat continues to diminish.

More than $6000 was raised on the night and it is still possible to view and purchase the artwork that wasn’t sold.

The remaining works, which include paintings, photography, sculpture and other art, will be on display at the Nut Point Centre Gallery in West Melton until the end of the August.

One of Steve’s photographs of braided river birds sold on the night, and the remaining five are still available.

For more information about the Braided River Aid organisation, click here.