Mobile Menu Open Mobile Menu Close

News


Birds NZ Data used in SIPO model

Birds NZ wader count data and re-sightings a crucial part of first full-annual cycle population model of South Island pied oystercatcher/tōrea developed by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. Read more

2024 NZ Bird Conference – Register now!

The 2024 New Zealand Bird Conference and AGM of Birds New Zealand will be held in Nelson from 1 to 3 June (King’s Birthday Weekend). Conference details Earlybird registration and abstract submission close 31 March! Fledgling Grant Applications close 28 February! REGISTER NOW . Field trip options are limited and filling up on a first-come-first-served basis! Conference […]

Fledgling Fund Grant – Call for Applications

Birds New Zealand provides grants from the Fledgling Fund to encourage Student Members to attend and actively participate in New Zealand Bird Conferences and Birds New Zealand annual meetings. Applications are now open and close on 28 February. Criteria and application form are available here

David Medway Scholarship

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 2024. Details are available here.

Marj Davis Scholarship – Call for Applications

This Canterbury scholarship, for Masters and PhD students, was established in 2018 and is named in commemoration of Marj Davis. Applications are now open and close on 30 March 2024. Details are available here.

Pacific Islands Bird Conservation and Research Fund – Call for Applications

The Pacific Islands Bird Conservation and Research Fund (PIBCRF) provides a sustainable basis for supporting conservation management, research and training of local personnel, on bird species classed as endangered by ‘BirdLife International’ and breeding on islands in the South Pacific, but excluding New Zealand. Applications are now open and close on 30 March 2024. Details […]

2024 Birds NZ Youth Camp – Makarora

The latest 5 day Youth Camp held in the Makarora Valley and delivered by the Aspiring Biodiversity Trust was a great success! Read the report here

South Auckland Newsletter

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

Meet our new Notornis Editor – Dr James Savage

Dr James Savage is a behavioural ecologist based in Invercargill. His research focuses on social and reproductive behaviour, particularly maternal effects and how parents coordinate to rear offspring. During his PhD, James studied the chestnut-crowned babbler, a medium-sized cooperatively breeding passerine endemic to outback Australia, More recently, James has contributed to behavioural research in rifleman and hihi, and […]

December Birds New Zealand magazine published

The December 2023 Birds New Zealand magazine has been published with a cover photo of a Kākāpō at Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain taken by Jake Osborne. This edition contains news of new bird research being funded by the 2023 Birds New Zealand Research Fund, including a new nationwide census of Black-billed Gulls, remote tracking of Australasian […]

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, […]

Nelson Newsletter

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

Wellington Newsletter

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

Canterbury Newsletter

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

Marlborough Newsletter

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

Passing of Mel Galbraith

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mel Galbraith on Thursday 28 September, surrounded by his family, following a short battle with cancer.  Mel was a long-standing Council member of Birds New Zealand, and much valued as an active leader in Auckland ornithology, having been a previous Regional Representative. […]

Otago Newsletter

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

Meet our new Secretary – Johannes Chambon

Thank you for my co-option onto Council. My name is Johannes Chambon. Originally from France, I worked in conservation for about 9 years in different places around the world, mostly on islands. I spent several years in the Indian Ocean (Mayotte, Mauritius, Christmas Island), and have some previous experience in Aotearoa New Zealand (Te Mana o […]

Avian Influenza (“Bird Flu”) and the Beach Patrol Scheme

A pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A (H5N1) virus has spread across much of the world over the past five years, and it continues to spread.  The H5N1 avian influenza virus, also called “bird flu”, causes an infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds.  It is highly contagious among birds and can cause considerable mortality, in particular […]

Exploring plastic ingestion by Toanui on Ohinau

Plastic is a threat to seabirds as many ingest it or become entangled in it resulting in mortality. Seabirds could mistake the smell of plastic for the smell associated with the prey items leading to plastic acting as a type of sensory trap. However, little research explores whether the seabirds are mistaking the colours of […]