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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 […]

2021 NZ Garden Bird Survey

The 2021 NZ Garden Bird Survey will be held from 26 June to 4 July! This annual survey, run by Landcare Research and supported by Birds New Zealand, started in 2007 to study the distribution and population trends of our common garden birds. By participating you will help build a picture of how native and […]

Banding Newsletter May 2021

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

Birds NZ Research Fund 2021 – Applications close 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!

Collaborative Research Agreement with DOC

Collaborative Research Agreement with Department of Conservation for Studies on the South Island Pied Oystercatcher The Ornithological Society has been operating a research project for over 10 years, led by David Melville and Rob Schuckard, aimed at increasing knowledge about the movement and longevity of the South Island Pied Oystercatcher/Tōrea in the Nelson/Tasman region.  The […]

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 […]

Revised Strategy

A Revised Strategy for Ornithological Society of New Zealand / Te Kāhui Mātai Manu o Aotearoa: 2015 to 2025 In 2015 our Society celebrated its 75th anniversary.  To help recognise that point in our history it was fitting to set out a strategy that would advance the purpose, vision, values, aim and objectives in order to emphasise […]

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

South Auckland Newsletter

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

March magazine published

The March 2021 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing news about Bar-tailed Godwit (Kuaka), Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki), and Black-fronted Tern (Tarapiroe) tracking projects funded by Birds New Zealand, and details of the 2021 NZ Bird Conference and AGM to be held in Thames on Queens Birthday weekend (5-6 June). This […]

Submission to the Climate Change Commission

The Society made a submission to the Climate Change Commission’s invitation for comment on its Draft Advice Document to the Government. Read the submission here

Regional Representatives – Voluntary Role

Regional Representatives play a leadership role in Birds New Zealand’s regional branches by organising projects, coordinating branch meetings and field trips, communicating with members, and promoting the Society. We are currently looking for people to volunteer as Regional Representatives in the following regions: Far North  –  Whanganui  –  Wellington   If you are interested in […]

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 […]