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Birds NZ Research Fund 2021 – Open for Applications

Applications are invited from individuals, groups or organisations who are prepared to make a difference in bird research in New Zealand! Details are available here. Applications close 15 June! Note:  Birds New Zealand is calling for applications for the 2021 Birds NZ Research Fund in good faith. If Covid-19 circumstances require, the Society will either cancel the application […]

April Atlas Challenge

We’ve got a great challenge for you all, with another fantastic prize up for grabs. Read more about the April Atlas Challenge and prize here

Submission to the Climate Change Commission

The Society made a submission to the Climate Change Commission’s invitation for comment on its Draft Advice Document to the Government. Read the submission here

2021 Birds NZ Youth Camp – Hawkes Bay

The next Birds NZ Youth Camp will be run from 18 to 24 April 2021 in the Napier area! Read the progam here The camp is a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop basic birding skills and get a hands-on experience with birds! Details are available here If you are a student age 14-18 and keen […]

Canterbury Newsletter “Wrybill”

Download the latest Canterbury newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here

2021 NZ Bird Conference

This year’s NZ Bird Conference and Birds New Zealand AGM will be held in Thames (Coromandel) from 5-7 June 2021 (Queens Birthday Weekend). Register online on Abstracts of talks and posters should be submitted to no later than 28 February 2021.

Draft Revised Strategy

In 2015 the Ornithological Society of New Zealand / Te Kāhui Mātai Manu o Aotearoa celebrated its 75th anniversary.  As the contribution to this moment in the Society’s history we adopted a strategy for the 2015 to 2024 period that is intended to advance our Purpose, Aim and Objectives and for achieving improved public understanding and wider […]

Otago Newsletter

Download the latest Otago newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here 

December edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The December 2020 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing details of the 2021 NZ Bird Conference and AGM to be held in Thames on Queens Birthday weekend (5-6 June), an agreement with Landcare Research on sharing historic NZ Bird Atlas data, and a Memorandum of Understanding with Forest and Bird. It […]

Survey – Covid-19 Influence on Birdwatching

The following survey is part of an ongoing study that investigates the influence of Covid-19 on birdwatching in different countries. To help and take part in this short survey, please answer the questions on Results from the previous study are available for open access on The study is hosted by the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and […]

South Auckland Newsletter

Download the latest South Auckland newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here 

Satellite Tracking Tawaki

Read the latest quarterly report on the Tawaki Project here To learn more about this project visit All reports are available for download on the project website under “Current Projects”:

Banding Newsletter September 2020

The latest Banding Newsletter is now available here Learn more about the New Zealand Banding Scheme here

Regional Representatives – Voluntary Role

Regional Representatives play a leadership role in Birds New Zealand’s regional branches by organising projects, coordinating branch meetings and field trips, communicating with members, and promoting the Society. We are currently looking for people to volunteer as Regional Representatives in the following regions: Far North  –  Whanganui  –  Wellington   If you are interested in […]

Banded Rail – Habitat Study

PhD candidate Jacques de Satge has spent much of the last year tracking and monitoring banded rail in New Zealand’s northern harbours. Multiple footprint surveys consistently found banded rail prints within interior mangrove habitat, while prints were found less frequently along the seaward edge of mangroves and were largely absent from adjacent mudflat habitats. Initial […]

2019 Annual Report

The 2019 Annual Report on behalf of Council is available for download here

Wellington Newsletter

Download the latest Wellington newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here 

New Membership Secretary

We welcome Imogen Warren who has taken on the important voluntary role of the Society’s Membership Secretary!

Birds New Zealand condemns racism and supports diversity

The Council of Birds New Zealand is watching with sadness and grave concern as events in the United States of America unfold. We have seen the media coverage showing violence directed towards African-Americans, all too often with fatal consequences. We stand with other scientific societies from America and around the world in condemning racism and […]

World Albatross Day

On 19 June the first ever World Albatross Day was celebrated around the globe. The day honours these magnificent birds and highlights the ongoing conservation crisis they face. Read the media release here

The Great Godwit Count

Read more about the 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit Count here

NZ Bird Atlas – Webinars

Thank you to all those who took part in the Atlas Webinars! We are keen on your feedback – please fill in the brief survey here. If you missed the live webinars you can find the links to watch them anytime here. Additional links and media releases are available on the eBird Atlas Portal. You can find details about the […]

Birdlife International – Magazine Free to Download

The latest magazine of Birdlife International is available free to download here The 64 pages include articles related to the Pacific and Australia and provide great lockdown reading!

National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity

Late in 2019 the Associate Minister for Environment, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, launched a proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity for public consultation. The broad objective of a National Policy Statement is to maintain indigenous biodiversity under the Resource Management Act 1991, building on good practice. As explained by the President in his circular letter […]

Pacific Is. Bird Conservation and Research Fund

The Pacific Islands Bird Conservation and Research Fund was created in 2008 to support conservation management and research on bird species classed as endangered by BirdLife International and breeding on Pacific islands, but excluding New Zealand.  The Fund is administered by the J S Watson Trust through the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of […]

Nest Record Scheme

With the winter season soon turning into spring, we need your help in increasing our knowledge of a very important aspect of bird behaviour! With the Nest Recording Scheme you can help to fill the gaps in our knowledge. Are you able to observe birds nesting in your garden or neighbourhood park; or are you […]