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Birds NZ Research Fund 2024 – Applications

Applications are invited from individuals, groups or organisations who are prepared to make a difference in bird research in New Zealand! Details and an application form are available here. Applications close 15 June! A list of preferred themes for research projects for this year’s funding round is available here

2024 NZ Bird Conference

The 2024 New Zealand Bird Conference and AGM of Birds New Zealand will be held in Nelson from 1 to 3 June (King’s Birthday Weekend). Conference details Abstract submission is now closed. REGISTER NOW Field trip options are limited and filling on a first-come-first-served basis! Conference attendees are invited to enter their photos into the 2024 […]

Wairarapa Atlas Expedition April 2024

The Atlas team will be running a Toi Toi Wines funded Atlas expedition to Wairarapa this April! The group will be based in Dannevirke from Wednesday 24th April 2024, and finishing up on the Sunday 28th. The aim is to increase Atlas effort, day and night, across as much of the Wairarapa region, targeting low […]

South Auckland Newsletter

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Nelson Newsletter

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Open letter to the Coalition government from NZ Scientific Societies

13 March 2024 A group representing thousands of scientists has written to the Cabinet saying the government’s plan for fast tracking consenting is retrograde and values development over the environment. The legislation – which passed its first reading last week – will give three ministers the power to bypass normal consent processes and have the […]

Birds of Te Araroa

Between November 2023 and March 2024, Natural History curator Colin Miskelly walked the length of Aotearoa New Zealand on Te Araroa Trail – counting every bird seen or heard along the way. In this twentieth blog in the series, Colin describes birds encountered while walking the final section, through the Takitimu, Woodlaw, and Longwood Ranges […]

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Migratory Bird Conservation

This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to make a scientific contribution to reversing the dramatic decline of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway (EAAF). The successful candidate will lead a part of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub Project 4.17, supporting recovery and management of migratory shorebirds in […]

Waikato Newsletter

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Historical Publication – A Flying Start

The historical OSNZ Publication “A Flying Start” (by B.J. Gill & B.D. Heather), published in 1990, is now available for download as PDF This book commemorates 50 years of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand (1940-1990) and is valuable to everyone interested in birds! For other historical publications that have significance to New Zealand ornithology […]

Birds NZ Data used in SIPO model

Birds NZ wader count data and re-sightings a crucial part of first full-annual cycle population model of South Island pied oystercatcher/tōrea developed by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. Read more

2024 Birds NZ Youth Camp – Makarora

The latest 5 day Youth Camp held in the Makarora Valley and delivered by the Aspiring Biodiversity Trust was a great success! Read the report here

Meet our new Notornis Editor – Dr James Savage

Dr James Savage is a behavioural ecologist based in Invercargill. His research focuses on social and reproductive behaviour, particularly maternal effects and how parents coordinate to rear offspring. During his PhD, James studied the chestnut-crowned babbler, a medium-sized cooperatively breeding passerine endemic to outback Australia, More recently, James has contributed to behavioural research in rifleman and hihi, and […]

December Birds New Zealand magazine published

The December 2023 Birds New Zealand magazine has been published with a cover photo of a Kākāpō at Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain taken by Jake Osborne. This edition contains news of new bird research being funded by the 2023 Birds New Zealand Research Fund, including a new nationwide census of Black-billed Gulls, remote tracking of Australasian […]

Royal Spoonbill – National Census

Birds NZ has been documenting the increase in population and breeding of royal spoonbill in NZ since the late 1970s. The last census was in 2012 when 2361 birds were recorded. Birds NZ regions will collectively do another winter census in 2024 to see if the population of royal spoonbill is still increasing. In addition, […]

Wellington Newsletter

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Canterbury Newsletter

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Marlborough Newsletter

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Passing of Mel Galbraith

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mel Galbraith on Thursday 28 September, surrounded by his family, following a short battle with cancer.  Mel was a long-standing Council member of Birds New Zealand, and much valued as an active leader in Auckland ornithology, having been a previous Regional Representative. […]

Otago Newsletter

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