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About Us

Welcome to Birds New Zealand, the popular name for The Ornithological Society of New Zealand Inc. The Society was formally established at an inaugural general meeting on 24 May 1940 and incorporated in 1953.

On this page, you can find out all about the society and how we work. To find your local branch of Birds New Zealand and find out what’s going on in your area, visit Find Your Region.

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Birds New Zealand is committed to the study of birds and their habitat use within New Zealand through encouraging members and organising projects and schemes. Activities are organised at both the national and regional level, with 20 regions providing a local network for members to engage in bird studies. We promote the recording and wide circulation of the results of bird studies and observations through the production of a scientific journal and other publications promoting birds in New Zealand. Birds New Zealand seeks to assist the conservation and management of birds by providing information, from which sound management decisions can be derived.

Aims

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Encourage, organise and promote the study of birds and their habitat use, particularly within the New Zealand region.

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Foster and support the wider knowledge and enjoyment of birds generally.

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Promote the recording and wide circulation of the results of bird studies and observations.

Journal

Produce a journal and other publications containing matters of ornithological interest.

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Effect co-operation and exchange of information with other organisations with similar aims and objectives.

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Assist the conservation and management of birds by providing information from which sound management decisions can be derived.

Books

Maintain a library of ornithological literature for the use of members and to promote a wider knowledge of birds.

Archive

Promote the archiving of observations, studies and records of birds, particularly in the New Zealand region.

Additional

Carry out any other activity which is capable of being conveniently carried out in connection with the above objects, or which directly or indirectly advances those objects or any of them.

Governance



Constitution

Constitution

Note:  Five amendments were endorsed at the 2019 AGM and now form a part of the Society’s Constitution. A list of these five amendments is available here

Strategy

Conservation Policy

Health & Safety

Memorandum of Understandings

Financial Accounts

AGM Minutes

Birds NZ Manual

The Birds New Zealand Manual contains the Society’s guidelines and procedures.

We are in the process of updating the files. More files will be uploaded soon.

Constitution

Strategy

Conservation Policy

Health & Safety

Memorandum of Understandings

Financial Accounts

AGM Minutes

Birds NZ Manual

Constitution

Note:  Five amendments were endorsed at the 2019 AGM and now form a part of the Society’s Constitution. A list of these five amendments is available here

The Birds New Zealand Manual contains the Society’s guidelines and procedures.

We are in the process of updating the files. More files will be uploaded soon.