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Tawaki Project

Read the latest field report on the Tawaki Project, summarizing 2019/20 research activities and important outcomes here To learn more about this project visit

Society Activities during Covid-19 Level 2

Read the President’s advice about procedures that must be followed before undertaking any Society field activities during Level 2 here

Invitation to “Lost Gold” Virtual Book Launch

We are very excited to invite you to the virtual launch of Lost Gold: Ornithology of the subantarctic Auckland Islands edited by Colin Miskelly and Craig Symes. Please join us at 6.30pm on Monday, 18 May by clicking on this link. If you are unable to join us at this time, you can view the […]

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION: 81st Annual General Meeting

I am writing to confirm that the 81st Annual General Meeting of Birds New Zealand advertised as occurring at 4:30 pm on 30th May 2020 in Christchurch is hereby cancelled. The reason for this cancellation is that Council cannot expect to run a fair and inclusive meeting while Covid-19 restrictions and measures are in place. […]

3rd World Seabird Conference – POSTPONED

The 3rd World Seabird Conference “Conserving Seabird Diversity for the Future” has been postponed to 4-8 October 2021.  Details will soon be available here. Save these dates and be part of the largest gathering of seabird researchers, managers, scientist and students in the world!

The Great Godwit Count

Read more about the 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit Count here

Media Release: NZ penguin to be studied by millions in global citizen science project

Tens of thousands of time-lapse images recording the comings and goings at tawaki/Fiordland penguin nests from Jackson Head, Milford Sound/Piopiotahi and Codfish Island/Whenua Hou will be added to the successful Penguin Watch citizen science project. Hosted by the Zooniverse platform a collaboration between Oxford University, New Zealand Penguin Initiative and University of Otago will investigate […]

NZ Bird Atlas – Webinars

Thank you to all those who took part in the Atlas Webinars! We are keen on your feedback – please fill in the brief survey here. If you missed the live webinars you can find the links to watch them anytime here. Additional links and media releases are available on the eBird Atlas Portal. You can find details about the […]

Otago Newsletter

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

Birdlife International – Magazine Free to Download

The latest magazine of Birdlife International is available free to download here The 64 pages include articles related to the Pacific and Australia and provide great lockdown reading!

Wellington Newsletter

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

March edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The March 2020 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing a call for applications to the 2020 Birds New Zealand Research Fund and news of a big funding boost for community conservation projects in Northland and the Chatham Islands that will benefit threatened bird species. It also reports on the results of […]

Survey – Covid-19 Influence on Birdwatching

The following survey is part of a study that investigates the influence of Covid-19 on birdwatching in different countries. To help and take part in the survey, just answer 5 simple questions on The study is run by Piotr Tryjanowski (University of Poznan) and Christoph Randler (University of Tuebingen).  

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, […]

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.

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 

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 […]

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 […]