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June Birds New Zealand magazine published

The June Birds New Zealand magazine has been published with a cover photo featuring a Koekoeā Long-tailed Cuckoo taken by Tony Stoddard. This edition contains news of new research on aerial bird surveys and monitoring Weka predation of the Sooty Shearwater colony at Kapiti Island funded by the Birds New Zealand Research Fund, the upcoming […]

Highlights from the 2024 NZ Bird Conference

The 2024 New Zealand Bird Conference in Nelson was not only a significant and memorable event, but the largest national bird conference yet! Read highlights and view photos here The next New Zealand Bird Conference will be held in Auckland from 31 May to 2 June 2025. Mark it in your diary!

Free Book for New Members!

New members of Birds New Zealand now receive a free copy of our award-winning book – “Lost Gold: Ornithology of the subantarctic Auckland Islands” – while stocks last! Valued at $55, this is the first ever book about the birds of New Zealand’s subantarctic Auckland Islands. Published in soft-cover format in 2020 it has 426 […]

2024 NZ Garden Bird Survey

The 2024 NZ Garden Bird Survey runs from 29 June to 7 July! This annual survey, run by Landcare Research and supported by Birds New Zealand, started in 2007 to study the distribution and population trends of our common garden birds. By participating you will help build a picture of how native and introduced birds […]

Royal Spoonbill – National Census

Birds NZ has been documenting the increase in population and breeding of royal spoonbill in NZ since the late 1970s. The last census was in 2012 when 2361 birds were recorded. Birds NZ regions will collectively do another winter census in 2024 to see if the population of royal spoonbill is still increasing. In addition, […]

New President – Natalie Forsdick

Natalie Forsdick succeeds Bruce McKinlay as the new President of Birds New Zealand. Natalie Forsdick is the new President of Birds New Zealand. She succeeds Bruce McKinlay after his second three-year term came to an end at the Society’s recent AGM held in Nelson on 2 June. She is the second woman to become President […]

New Vice President – Ian Armitage

Ian has enjoyed an interest in birds from childhood and being a Wellingtonian three of the locations he best remembers watching and learning about birds in the 1950s were when tramping in the Tararua and Remutaka Ranges and at the Pencarrow lakes near the entrance of Wellington Harbour.  A keen interest in birds and forests […]

New Council Member – Mark Ayre

Mark has been an avid birder for almost his entire life. As a teenager he was a volunteer warden at the famous Titchfield Haven RSPB reserve in the UK. Mark moved to NZ, 44 years ago and for most of that time has lived in Otago where he was chairman of the local Forest and […]

New Council member (co-opted) – Martine Darrou

My name is Martine M-L Darrou, and I am French by birth, and a New Zealander by choice, I live in the beautiful seaside community of Waikouaiti in the South Island of New Zealand Aotearoa. Birding has been my passion for most of my life, from a young age while doing mountaineering in the Pyrenees, […]

New Zealand Bird Atlas Complete

The New Zealand Bird Atlas project finished on 31st May 2024 after running for five years (2019-2024). This is one of the largest community science projects in Aotearoa New Zealand coordinated by Wildlife Management International Limited on behalf of Birds New Zealand. Read more in the latest Media Release

Special Discount Offer for Members only

Potton & Burton Publishing offer a 10% discount and free delivery in NZ to Birds New Zealand members! Details The discount code NZBIRD24 can be used at the online shopping cart on their website: Offer ends 31 August 2024! The 10% discount applies to the full range of Potton & Burton books, including: Takahe: […]

More Birds in the Bush

Findings from this 5-year Endeavour research programme were presented at a recent webinar. A recording of this webinar session is available here. Further findings from this programme will be shared at a 2-day online event which will run from 18-19 June 2024. You can register to attend on For questions regarding this presentation please […]

2024 Oceania Seabird Symposium

The 2024 Oceania Seabird Symposium will be held from 23 to 26 September 2024 in Noumea, New Caledonia. This inaugural Symposium will bring the attention of the international and Oceania community to the importance of seabirds within the world’s largest body of water, the Pacific Ocean | the Great Ocean | Coxë Registration and Call […]

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Canterbury Newsletter

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Waikato Newsletter

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Banding Newsletter

The latest Banding Newsletter is now available here Read about the oldest bat, a precious bird, feats beyond amazing, a familiar face and much more. Read more about the New Zealand Banding Scheme or download previous newsletters here

Nelson Newsletter

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