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Birds New Zealand Research Fund (BNZRF)

This national fund is managed by our Executive Officer on behalf of T/GEAR, a New Zealand Charitable Trust.

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Criteria

This fund provides financial assistance, mainly for logistics and purchase of equipment and consumables. Funding ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 may be awarded. Payments will be funded retrospective and are for a 12 month period only. For smaller projects, refer to the Projects Assistance Fund.

Who can apply

Applications will be accepted from individuals, students, researchers within universities, or organisations prepared to make a difference through ornithological research, with outcomes likely to provide for better management of New Zealand birds or their environment. The applicant has to be a current member of Birds New Zealand, living in New Zealand, and the project carried out in New Zealand or its outlying islands (e.g. Kermadecs).

How and when to apply

Download the criteria and application form here
Applications must be on the application form provided, and submitted as a single pdf file.
Applications open 1 April and close 15 June.

Preference will be given to projects that:

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Involve research into native species.

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Involve research with a measurable outcome
and a commitment to have results published

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Involve people learning as well as being involved

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Demonstrate intent to publish at least part of the funded work in the society’s journal Notornis

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Lead to results that will clearly be of benefit
to the conservation of New Zealand birds

Education

Involve research on “Preferred Student
Research Topics” (for student research projects)

Current and previously funded projects:

2018

Brown kiwi: Pair stability using eggshell DNA extraction
(David Vieco (Massey University)
Overview

Capacity of restored forests to support native birds
(Elizabeth Elliot-Hogg, Univ. Waikato)
Overview

Database of known penguin colonies in NZ
(Kerry-Jayne Wilson)
Overview     Summary article

Distribution of coccidia in kiwi
(Sarah Coker, Massey University)
Overview

Influence of sugar-feeders on birds in gardens
(Daria Erastova, University of Auckland)
Overview

Kiwi: Comparison of monitoring methods
(Emma Feenstra, Massey University)
Overview

New Zealand Storm Petrel: Conservation Genomics
(Andrew Veale, Unitec Auckland)
Overview

Response of avian feeding ecology to human changes
(Barbara Tomotani, Te Papa)
Overview 

Seabird surveys of predator-free islands in Northland
(Chris Gaskin, NNZST)
Overview   

Takahe: Spatially Explicit Modelling of reintroduction
(James Hunter, University of Otago)
Overview

Tui pollination of flax: a microbial perspective
(Manpreet Dhami, Landcare Research)
Overview

Yellow-eyed penguins: Post fledging dispersal
(Melanie Young, University of Otago)
Overview

Yellow-eyed penguins: Diet of YEP on Auckland I
(Chris Muller, Massey University)
Overview

Fiordland penguins (tawaki): Population monitoring
(Thomas Mattern, University of Otago)
Overview

2017

Acoustic automatic ID of species and acoustic indices
(Ivan Campos, Auckland University)
Overview     Summary article

Australasian stilts: Genetics and evol. history
(Natalie Forsdick, Otago University)
Overview     Summary article

Bird calls analysis – Citizen science project
(Victor Anton, Victoria University)
Overview     Summary article

Buller’s shearwater: Population and breeding biology
(Chris Gaskin/NNZST)
Overview     Summary article

Chatham Island Taiko: Conservation genetics
(Jacqui Tizard, Auckland Univ)
Overview     Summary article

Crested penguins: Genetic diversity
(Theresa Cole, Otago University)
Overview    Summary article

Fiordland crested penguins: Foraging
(Jeffrey White, Marshall Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Fiordland penguins: Habitat+environment
(Thomas Mattern/Otago Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Great spotted kiwi: Distribution+relative abundance
(Robin & Sandy Toy)
Overview    Summary article

Grey ducks: Plumage variation
(Murray Williams)
Overview    Summary article

Hihi: Foraging and ecological restoration
(Caitlin Andrews, King’s College)
Overview    Summary article

Robins: Cognitive ability+gen. diversity
(Archie MacFarlane, Canterbury Univ)
Overview    Summary article

South Georgian diving petrel: conservation
(Johannes Fischer/Victoria Univ)
Overview    Summary article 

Weka: Effectiveness as seed dispersers
(Jo Carpenter, Canterbury Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Yellow-eyed penguins: Dispersal study fledglings
(Melanie Young/Otago Univ)
Overview    Media Release     Summary article

2016

Brown skua: Variation in resource use+movement
(Hendrik Schultz/AKL Univ)
Overview    Summary article   Published paper

Buller’s shearwater biology on Poor Knights Islands
(James Ross/NZ Seabird Trust)
Overview    Poor Knight Island’s secrets revealed
Summary article

Coccidia in kiwi creches. Rotorua+Auckland
(Harry Taylor/Massey Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Diving petrel: Foraging behaviour
(Brendon Dunphy/Auckland Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Falcon: Baseline population data
(Graham Parker)
Overview    Summary article

Fiordland crested penguin: Marine ecology
(Thomas Mattern/Otago Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Gannet: Diet and predator/prey interaction
(Nigel Adams/Auckland Unitec)
Overview    Summary article

Mottled petrel: Impact of translocation on chicks
(Rachael Sagar/AKL Univ)
Overview    Summary article    Published paper

Kakapo: Palaeoecology and ancient DNA
(Alexander Boast/Auckland Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Northern Kermadec seabirds
(Chris Gaskin/Northern NZ Seabird Trust)
NOT GONE AHEAD DUE TO ACCESS ISSUES.

Recolonisation by native bush birds
(Elizabeth Elliot-Hogg/Waikato Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Yellow-eyed penguin: Foraging and nest study
(Mel Young/Otago Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Yellow-eyed penguin: Fledgling dispersal
(Bryony Alden/Otago Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Yellow-eyed penguin: Impacts of tourism on Enderby Island
(Rebecca French/Massey Univ)
Overview    Summary article 

2015

Australasian bittern:  Seasonal movements
(Emma Williams)
Overview     Summary article

Black-backed gulls:  Ecology
(Mel Galbraith/Unitec Auckland).
Not gone ahead

Black-billed gulls:  Disturbance and predation
(Claudia Mischler)
Overview     Summary article

Brown skua:  Habitat use and foraging
(Hendrik Schultz/Univ. Auckland)
Overview     Summary article

Fiordland penguin:  Marine ecology
(Thomas Mattern/Univ. Otago)
Overview     Article 2015/16 Field Season  

Hihi:  Inbreeding and male fertility
(Dr Helen Taylor/Univ. Otago)
Overview     Summary article     

Mottled petrels:  Ecology and restoration
(Rachael Sagar/Univ. Auckland)
Overview     Summary article

Red-crowned parakeet:  Dispersal in Zealandia
(Ellen Irwin/Victoria University)
Overview     Summary article     

South Georgian diving petrels
(Johannes Fischer/Victoria University)
Overview     Summary article 
Published in Bird Cons. International (2017)
Published in PLOS One (2018)

2014

Black-billed gull productivity and movement
(Claudia Mischler)
Overview     Summary article

Expanding indigenous habitats in East Otago
(Rhys Millar/Landscape Connections Trust)
Overview     Summary article 

Hutton’s shearwater foraging areas and behaviours
(Della Bennet/Univ. of Canterbury Foundation)
Overview     Summary article

North Island brown kiwi genetics+community engagement 
(D Acebes+I Castro/Massey Univ)
Overview     Summary article
Report from Nga Kaitiaki o Ipipiri

Parasites in bird faecal samples
(Dr Bronwen Presswell/University of Otago)
Overview     Summary article

Tracking shining cuckoos 
(Richard Holdaway/HSB Group)
Overview     Summary article

2013

HANZAB digitization for NZ Birds Online  (Te Papa)
Summary article

Movements of Hutton’s shearwater  (Hutton’s S.C. Trust)
Summary article

Transfer of albatross to Chatham Islands  (Taiko Trust)
Summary article

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Brown kiwi: Pair stability using eggshell DNA extraction
(David Vieco (Massey University)
Overview

Capacity of restored forests to support native birds
(Elizabeth Elliot-Hogg, Univ. Waikato)
Overview

Database of known penguin colonies in NZ
(Kerry-Jayne Wilson)
Overview     Summary article

Distribution of coccidia in kiwi
(Sarah Coker, Massey University)
Overview

Influence of sugar-feeders on birds in gardens
(Daria Erastova, University of Auckland)
Overview

Kiwi: Comparison of monitoring methods
(Emma Feenstra, Massey University)
Overview

New Zealand Storm Petrel: Conservation Genomics
(Andrew Veale, Unitec Auckland)
Overview

Response of avian feeding ecology to human changes
(Barbara Tomotani, Te Papa)
Overview 

Seabird surveys of predator-free islands in Northland
(Chris Gaskin, NNZST)
Overview   

Takahe: Spatially Explicit Modelling of reintroduction
(James Hunter, University of Otago)
Overview

Tui pollination of flax: a microbial perspective
(Manpreet Dhami, Landcare Research)
Overview

Yellow-eyed penguins: Post fledging dispersal
(Melanie Young, University of Otago)
Overview

Yellow-eyed penguins: Diet of YEP on Auckland I
(Chris Muller, Massey University)
Overview

Fiordland penguins (tawaki): Population monitoring
(Thomas Mattern, University of Otago)
Overview

Acoustic automatic ID of species and acoustic indices
(Ivan Campos, Auckland University)
Overview     Summary article

Australasian stilts: Genetics and evol. history
(Natalie Forsdick, Otago University)
Overview     Summary article

Bird calls analysis – Citizen science project
(Victor Anton, Victoria University)
Overview     Summary article

Buller’s shearwater: Population and breeding biology
(Chris Gaskin/NNZST)
Overview     Summary article

Chatham Island Taiko: Conservation genetics
(Jacqui Tizard, Auckland Univ)
Overview     Summary article

Crested penguins: Genetic diversity
(Theresa Cole, Otago University)
Overview    Summary article

Fiordland crested penguins: Foraging
(Jeffrey White, Marshall Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Fiordland penguins: Habitat+environment
(Thomas Mattern/Otago Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Great spotted kiwi: Distribution+relative abundance
(Robin & Sandy Toy)
Overview    Summary article

Grey ducks: Plumage variation
(Murray Williams)
Overview    Summary article

Hihi: Foraging and ecological restoration
(Caitlin Andrews, King’s College)
Overview    Summary article

Robins: Cognitive ability+gen. diversity
(Archie MacFarlane, Canterbury Univ)
Overview    Summary article

South Georgian diving petrel: conservation
(Johannes Fischer/Victoria Univ)
Overview    Summary article 

Weka: Effectiveness as seed dispersers
(Jo Carpenter, Canterbury Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Yellow-eyed penguins: Dispersal study fledglings
(Melanie Young/Otago Univ)
Overview    Media Release     Summary article

Brown skua: Variation in resource use+movement
(Hendrik Schultz/AKL Univ)
Overview    Summary article   Published paper

Buller’s shearwater biology on Poor Knights Islands
(James Ross/NZ Seabird Trust)
Overview    Poor Knight Island’s secrets revealed
Summary article

Coccidia in kiwi creches. Rotorua+Auckland
(Harry Taylor/Massey Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Diving petrel: Foraging behaviour
(Brendon Dunphy/Auckland Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Falcon: Baseline population data
(Graham Parker)
Overview    Summary article

Fiordland crested penguin: Marine ecology
(Thomas Mattern/Otago Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Gannet: Diet and predator/prey interaction
(Nigel Adams/Auckland Unitec)
Overview    Summary article

Mottled petrel: Impact of translocation on chicks
(Rachael Sagar/AKL Univ)
Overview    Summary article    Published paper

Kakapo: Palaeoecology and ancient DNA
(Alexander Boast/Auckland Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Northern Kermadec seabirds
(Chris Gaskin/Northern NZ Seabird Trust)
NOT GONE AHEAD DUE TO ACCESS ISSUES.

Recolonisation by native bush birds
(Elizabeth Elliot-Hogg/Waikato Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Yellow-eyed penguin: Foraging and nest study
(Mel Young/Otago Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Yellow-eyed penguin: Fledgling dispersal
(Bryony Alden/Otago Univ)
Overview    Summary article

Yellow-eyed penguin: Impacts of tourism on Enderby Island
(Rebecca French/Massey Univ)
Overview    Summary article 

Australasian bittern:  Seasonal movements
(Emma Williams)
Overview     Summary article

Black-backed gulls:  Ecology
(Mel Galbraith/Unitec Auckland).
Not gone ahead

Black-billed gulls:  Disturbance and predation
(Claudia Mischler)
Overview     Summary article

Brown skua:  Habitat use and foraging
(Hendrik Schultz/Univ. Auckland)
Overview     Summary article

Fiordland penguin:  Marine ecology
(Thomas Mattern/Univ. Otago)
Overview     Article 2015/16 Field Season  

Hihi:  Inbreeding and male fertility
(Dr Helen Taylor/Univ. Otago)
Overview     Summary article     

Mottled petrels:  Ecology and restoration
(Rachael Sagar/Univ. Auckland)
Overview     Summary article

Red-crowned parakeet:  Dispersal in Zealandia
(Ellen Irwin/Victoria University)
Overview     Summary article     

South Georgian diving petrels
(Johannes Fischer/Victoria University)
Overview     Summary article 
Published in Bird Cons. International (2017)
Published in PLOS One (2018)

Black-billed gull productivity and movement
(Claudia Mischler)
Overview     Summary article

Expanding indigenous habitats in East Otago
(Rhys Millar/Landscape Connections Trust)
Overview     Summary article 

Hutton’s shearwater foraging areas and behaviours
(Della Bennet/Univ. of Canterbury Foundation)
Overview     Summary article

North Island brown kiwi genetics+community engagement 
(D Acebes+I Castro/Massey Univ)
Overview     Summary article
Report from Nga Kaitiaki o Ipipiri

Parasites in bird faecal samples
(Dr Bronwen Presswell/University of Otago)
Overview     Summary article

Tracking shining cuckoos 
(Richard Holdaway/HSB Group)
Overview     Summary article

HANZAB digitization for NZ Birds Online  (Te Papa)
Summary article

Movements of Hutton’s shearwater  (Hutton’s S.C. Trust)
Summary article

Transfer of albatross to Chatham Islands  (Taiko Trust)
Summary article