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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 […]

Birds NZ Research Fund 2020 – Apply by 15 June!

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 2020 Birds NZ Research Fund in good faith. If Covid-19 circumstances require, the Society will either cancel the application round, […]

David Medway Scholarship – Extension for applications to 10 April!

This scholarship for Masters and PhD students is sponsored by the George Mason Charitable Trust and named in commemoration of David Medway. Details are available here. UPDATE:  Due to Covid-19 delays, the deadline for applications has been extended and will now close on 10 April 2020. Please note:  Birds New Zealand is proceeding with calling for applications for the […]

NZ Bird Atlas – Webinars – Start 3 April

During the Covid-19 Lockdown we will be hosting live Atlas Webinars – every Friday at 1pm – starting April 3rd The first of our online Webinars is now open for registration:  “A basic introduction to the New Zealand Bird Atlas and eBird smartphone app“. Note: We will continue to Atlas from the safety of our homes. Daily checklists […]

Notornis special issue “Lost Gold”

UPDATE  (30 March) We regret to advise members that distribution of this Notornis special issue to members has been delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, we are pleased to inform you that pdf copies of the 19 papers/chapters in the special issue have been published on the Notornis website. Please note that you will need to login (with […]

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 […]

2020 NZ Bird Conference – CANCELLED

CANCELLATION OF THE 2020 NZ BIRD CONFERENCE IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC Dear Members, and those intending to participate in the 2020 NZ Bird Conference, As I said in my recent advisory letter, Council has continued to monitor the changing situation with respect to the Government instructions for meetings in New Zealand. It is […]

Birds NZ Youth Camp – CANCELLED

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The April 2020 Youth Camp in Hawke’s Bay has been cancelled in response to Covid-19 Read more about Birds NZ Youth Camps here.

Otago Newsletter

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

South Auckland Newsletter “Kuaka”

Download the latest South Auckland 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

Northland “Amokura” Newsletter

Download the latest Northland “Amokura” 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 

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.

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 […]

3rd World Seabird Conference

The 3rd World Seabird Conference “Conserving Seabird Diversity for the Future” will be held from 19-23 October 2020 in Hobart (Tasmania)  Be part of the largest gathering of seabird researchers, managers, scientist and students in the world!

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 […]