Forest & Bird's national conservation awards are given out every year at the Annual General Meeting. They recognise members who have made an outstanding contribution to conservation - everything from planting trees, to saving endangered species.

Distinguished Life Member Award

Given in recognition of significant long term service in advancing conservation and the Society’s objectives, in particular at a National level, this is the Society’s highest award.  This person will have acted in a manner seen as over and above that normally expected. This award goes to just one exceptional individual each year.

Previous Winners

Old Blue Award

‘Old Blue’ was the Chatham Island Black Robin who saved her whole species from extinction.  Open to members and non-members this award recognises those who have made a significant contribution to advancing the Society’s objectives at a Branch level or through none Society conservation work. Up to five awards are made each year.

Previous Winners

Te Kaiārahi Rangatahi o te Taiao Award

Many young people undertake truly remarkable initiatives to protect and restore our unique natural environment, this award will recognise that special young person who shows leadership, initiative and who is making a difference.

Pest Buster and Golden Spade Award

These are the Society’s ‘special’ awards for Branch pest control or restoration projects be they big or small – it being their progress and success that counts!  The award can go to an individual, a group of members or an entire Branch!


Nominations for all awards are now closed.