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NZ Bird Conference – Early registration ends 1 March!

The 2020 New Zealand Bird Conference and AGM of Birds New Zealand will be held in Christchurch, at the Commodore Hotel, from 30 May to 1 June 2020 (Queens Birthday Weekend) Discounted earlybird registration ends on 1 March!  Online registration and full details are available here. Talks will include: Christchurch avifauna over last 45 years, 40 years of conservation in the South […]

Otago Newsletter

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

Canterbury Newsletter “Wrybill”

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

David Medway Scholarship – Applications close 30 March

This scholarship for Masters and PhD students is sponsored by the George Mason Charitable Trust and named in commemoration of David Medway. Applications are now open and close on 30 March 2020. Details are available here.

Marj Davis Scholarship – Applications close 30 March

This Canterbury scholarship was established in 2018 and is named in commemoration of Marj Davis. Applications are now open and close on 30 March 2020. Details are available here.

Northland “Amokura” Newsletter

Download the latest Northland “Amokura” newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here 

Satellite tracking of tawaki

Read the latest report about the tawaki research and important outcomes so far here.

Lost Gold – Ornithology of the subantarctic Auckland Islands

Birds New Zealand and Te Papa Press are producing a super-sized special issue of Notornis in place of the March 2020 issue. The book “Lost Gold” will be FREE to all members of Birds New Zealand!  Read more A version of the book (with a different cover) will also be available for sale via book […]

Wellington Newsletter

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

Bar-tailed Godwits need your help!

We need your help in counting important sites for Bar-tailed Godwits this February 2020! Last August our Alaskan colleagues at USGS, led by Dan Ruthrauff, completed a very successful aerial survey of post-breeding Bar-tailed Godwits, covering the entire Yukon-Kuskokwin Delta and the Alaska Peninsula – the first such survey since 1997. This provides us with a […]

VACANCY – Membership Secretary

The Membership Secretary is a very important, voluntary role for the Society. If you are interested in this position, have computer skills and some spare time, then please get in touch! The Membership Secretary role description is available here.

New Website for Identifying Footprints

Birds New Zealand members Jordi Tablada and Shaun Lee have created a useful online guide for identifying NZ birds by their footprints. You can check it out at and read about the project here. If you can help with footprint photos or measurements please send them to

New Zealand Bird Atlas

The New Zealand Bird Atlas was launched on 1 June at the 2019 New Zealand Birds Conference. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to track the Atlas project and keep up to date with our latest findings. If you haven’t yet become involved in the Atlas project, please visit to find out how to take part. This is […]

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 […]

Greeting Cards for Sale

A set of 12 new greetings cards were offered for sale at the recent Birds New Zealand conference. The new cards depict 12 different New Zealand birds and also show the new society logo. They are popular and many were sold. Cards are folded for use; they are shown flat in these photographs These greetings […]

Meet our new Secretary – Lynne Anderson

Thank you for my co-option onto Council. Although originally from Seatoun, Wellington, for the last 35 years I have called Hawke’s Bay home.   Recently ‘retired’ – my background is in nursing and farming and tertiary studies include social sciences (anthropology), tropical diseases and nursing.  I have always had a great passion and respect for the […]

Penguin Research Priorities – Review

New Zealand is home to six of the world’s eighteen currently recognized penguin species. Four of these species are endemic and only occur in New Zealand. Despite the species richness and New Zealand’s reputation for international leadership in conservation, very little is actually known about our penguins. With five of our six species believed to […]