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2022 NZ Garden Bird Survey

The 2022 NZ Garden Bird Survey will be held from 25 June to 3 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 […]

Otago Newsletter

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Dead little penguins washing ashore

Bodies of hundreds of little blue penguins have washed up on the beaches of New Zealand’s northern coast in recent weeks. Read the stories: Dead little blue penguins keep washing ashore in New Zealand (CNN, 16 June) Search for clues as bodies of hundreds of little blue penguins wash ashore (The Guardian, 14 June) Hundreds of […]

Fee for Driving on Muriwai Beach

Auckland Council is proposing a fee-based permit system to better control vehicle access to the west coast beach. Birds NZ is one of many conservation groups agreeing with the proposal. Read the full story on 1 News (13 June). (Image by Graham Lowther)

South Auckland Newsletter

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Whanganui Newsletter

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New edition of Checklist

A new edition of the ‘Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand’ was published by Birds New Zealand this week. For the first time in the 69-year history of these checklists, it is digital-only, published as both web-pages and a pdf (links provided below). The checklist provides the bird names and structure used for the […]

Black tern added to New Zealand list

I am pleased to report that black tern has been officially added to the New Zealand list! The following Te Papa blog tells the story of how it was discovered and recognised: A new bird for New Zealand – black tern   Thanks very much to Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar Thomas, John Graff, Russell Cannings and […]

Black-naped tern added to New Zealand list

I am pleased to report that black-naped tern has been officially added to the New Zealand list! The following Te Papa blog tells the story of how it was discovered and recognised: A new bird for New Zealand – black-naped tern Congratulations to Hayden Pye for his unique experience that resulted in a new bird […]

Banding Newsletter May 2022

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 

Nelson Newsletter

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

Canterbury Newsletter

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March edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The March 2022 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing news of the first NZ records of Black Tern and Black-naped Tern, the first live record of Bridled Tern in NZ, and recognition for Lost Gold: Ornithology of the subantarctic Auckland Island with a Whitley Award (Science and Conservation Category) in November […]

MEDIA RELEASE – Birds New Zealand and Toi Toi wines join forces to survey birds in New Zealand

Birds New Zealand and Toi Toi wines (Marlborough Wine Ltd) are pleased to announce a joint sponsorship to support the New Zealand Bird Atlas. The New Zealand Bird Atlas is a citizen science project aimed at mapping the distribution and relative abundance of all bird species present in New Zealand. It is currently underway, running […]

Auckland Newsletter

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New Membership Secretary

We welcome Kurien (Koshy) Yohannan who has taken on the important voluntary role of the Society’s Membership Secretary!

South Island kokako joins global top 25 most wanted species list

With input from the IUCN Species Survival Commission, Re:wild chose the South Island kōkako from a list of over 2200 species of differing taxa assumed to be extinct or extremely rare and missing for over ten years! Read the press release here

Northland “Amokura” Newsletter

Download the latest Northland “Amokura” newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here

Effects of Sediment on Birds

A new report has been published that reviews the impacts of coastal sediment on seabirds and shorebirds in New Zealand. The report can be accessed on https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/conservation/marine-and-coastal/sediment/effects-of-sediment-on-birds-literature-review-2021.pdf