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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. The criteria and an application form are available here.

2022 NZ Bird Conference

This year’s NZ Bird Conference and Birds New Zealand AGM will be held in Christchurch, 4-6 June 2022 (Queens Birthday Weekend). Read details. We look forward to hosting you in Christchurch for a fantastic weekend of birds and birding! REGISTER NOW  

Banding Newsletter December 2021

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

New Publications Page

Council is delighted to advise members of the Society that a switchover was made today from the old Publications component of the Birds New Zealand website to a new site.  The new component is part of a wider programme of website development that now provides improved access to the Society’s scientific journal, “Notornis” (and “NZ […]

Seabird Sensory Systems and Attraction to Artificial Light

Seabirds are vulnerable to light pollution especially when they are fledging. They become disorientated which leads to collisions with anthropogenic structures, groundings and fallout. There is growing research into the types and colours of lights which are attractive to seabirds. Our team, in collaboration with the University of Auckland and Northern NZ Seabird Trust, explored […]

Virtual AOC 2022

The 2022 Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) will be held as a virtual conference from 8-10 February 2022. Registrations are now open on  The Conference will have five high-calibre key presenters who will deliver plenary talks on a range of fascinating areas of ornithology. Applications for the five student grants are now closed.

International Ornithological Congress 2022

The 28th International Ornithological Congress (IOC) will be held in Durban from 15 to 19 August 2022! It will include 45 state of the art symposia, over 500 “live” talk slots, 34 round table discussions, unlimited virtual posters, and 9 plenaries, over 4 1/2 days. All scientifically valid submissions will be included in the virtual […]

New members – Free Gift!

Join us now and receive a Birds New Zealand lens cloth as a gift! As a member, you can take part in birding activities, receive free copies of our quarterly scientific journal Notornis and magazine Birds New Zealand, and access our extensive library of books and journals! Help make a difference and join NOW or gift annual subscriptions to […]

South Auckland Newsletter

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

Lost Gold wins a Whitley Award

Lost Gold, the first ever book to examine the ornithology of the subantarctic Auckland Islands, has won the Science and Conservation category of the prestigious Whitley Awards for zoological literature. Read more here

Otago Newsletter

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

September magazine published

The September 2021 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing reports from the 2021 New Zealand Bird Conference and AGM held in Thames, which was the Society’s largest to date with over 200 participants, and latest news on the five-year New Zealand Bird Atlas project. It also reports that David Lawrie and […]

Webinar: Gob-Smacking Godwits

The marathon migrations of these extraordinary birds continue to amaze and surprise us! In a recent Webinar, Adrian Riegen followed the story of the 2021 godwit tracking project. If you have missed the Webinar, here is the link on Youtube: Webinar – Gob-Smacking Godwits – Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre (

Wellington Newsletter

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

10,000 Facebook Page Followers!

This weekend we reached 10,000 followers on our Facebook page! Thank you to everyone who has liked our page recently and a very warm welcome to you from our mascot, Orbell – seen here watching birds from the hide at Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre (where Orbell currently lives). Membership of Birds New Zealand costs just […]

2021 BNZRF Projects

12 Projects have been selected for funding this year. Overview articles are available here

New study reveals why some NZ birds are disappearing faster than others

New research has uncovered why New Zealand’s oldest forest bird families are dying out faster than new arrivals, and it could change how the country approaches conservation work. Read more in this recent Stuff article.

Birds NZ Youth Camp 2021 – Report

Read more about the latest Birds NZ Youth Camp held recently in Hawkes Bay here

Meet our new Vice President!

Tēnā koutou kātoa. Ko Natalie Forsdick toku ingoa. I am excited to be stepping up as the new Vice President of Birds New Zealand. After completing my PhD at the University of Otago in 2020, I joined Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at our Auckland site. My research focuses on understanding […]

Constituent Membership of the Royal Society of New Zealand

I am very happy to advise members that the Ornithological Society of New Zealand has become a Constituent Organisation of the Royal Society of New Zealand.  In taking this step we are at a point in the history of our Society when we hope that the scientific significance of ornithology will become more fully recognised […]