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Lost Gold – Ornithology of the subantarctic Auckland Islands

Birds New Zealand and Te Papa Press are producing a super-sized special issue of Notornis in place of the March 2020 issue. The book “Lost Gold” will be FREE to all members of Birds New Zealand!  Read more A version of the book (with a different cover) will also be available for sale via book […]

Wellington Newsletter

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

Bar-tailed Godwits need your help!

We need your help in counting important sites for Bar-tailed Godwits this February 2020! Last August our Alaskan colleagues at USGS, led by Dan Ruthrauff, completed a very successful aerial survey of post-breeding Bar-tailed Godwits, covering the entire Yukon-Kuskokwin Delta and the Alaska Peninsula – the first such survey since 1997. This provides us with a […]

December edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The December 2019 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing news of the research projects to be funded from the 2019 round of the Birds New Zealand Research Fund, which include research on North Island Brown Kiwi, North Island Tieke, Rakiura Tokoeka, Whenua Hou Diving Petrel, Tawaki, Spotted Shag, Fluttering Shearwater, White-fronted […]

2020 New Zealand Bird Conference

The 2020 New Zealand Bird Conference and 81st Annual General Meeting of Birds New Zealand will be held in Christchurch, at the Commodore Hotel, from 30 May to 1 June 2020 (Queens Birthday Weekend) The New Zealand Bird Conference aims to continue the fine work of previous conferences in making this the premier New Zealand event for the communication […]

Banding Newsletter December 2019

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

Otago Newsletter

Download the latest Otago 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.

Canterbury Newsletter “Wrybill”

Download the latest Canterbury 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

New Website for Identifying Footprints

Birds New Zealand members Jordi Tablada and Shaun Lee have created a useful online guide for identifying NZ birds by their footprints. You can check it out at and read about the project here. If you can help with footprint photos or measurements please send them to

Satellite tracking of tawaki

Tawaki have now concluded their winter journeys and are currently engaging in breeding. Read the latest report here.

New Zealand Bird Atlas

The New Zealand Bird Atlas was launched on 1 June at the 2019 New Zealand Birds Conference. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to track the Atlas project and keep up to date with our latest findings. If you haven’t yet become involved in the Atlas project, please visit to find out how to take part. This is […]

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 […]

Meet our new Secretary – Lynne Anderson

Thank you for my co-option onto Council. Although originally from Seatoun, Wellington, for the last 35 years I have called Hawke’s Bay home.   Recently ‘retired’ – my background is in nursing and farming and tertiary studies include social sciences (anthropology), tropical diseases and nursing.  I have always had a great passion and respect for the […]

Penguin Research Priorities – Review

New Zealand is home to six of the world’s eighteen currently recognized penguin species. Four of these species are endemic and only occur in New Zealand. Despite the species richness and New Zealand’s reputation for international leadership in conservation, very little is actually known about our penguins. With five of our six species believed to […]