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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 

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 freecopies 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 your […]

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.

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 […]

South Auckland Newsletter

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

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 […]

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 (

Banding Newsletter October 2021

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canterbury Newsletter “Wrybill”

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

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   If you are interested in providing leadership for […]

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 […]