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Banding Newsletter July 2019

The latest Banding Newsletterincludes: Introduction: Technical Administrator – Imogen Foote NZ Bird Atlas Wrybill on the Ashley-Rakahuri River Bander’s Data BOX Learn more about the New Zealand Banding Scheme here

June edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The June 2019 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing news of the launch of the New Zealand Bird Atlas and recent breeding success for Kakapo, Orange-fronted Parakeet, Hihi, Shore Plover and Chatham Island Taiko. It also contains reports on the results of research on Bar-tailed Godwit, Australasian Bittern and Spotted Shag, […]

New Zealand Bird Atlas

The New Zealand Bird Atlas has now been underway for just over a month, and already the data is pouring in!  Over 3,700 complete bird checklists have been submitted so far by over 210 participants.  We’ve already collected bird occupancy data from over 20% of the 3,230 grid squares across New Zealand, recording the presence […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Website!

The Society’ s website is our interface with our members and the wider community of those who are yet to be members. It is our institutional memory, contains the details of our membership, and is essential to us as a Society, After nearly a decade, the society’s website has reached its limits and is ready […]

2019 New Zealand Bird Conference & AGM

The 2019 New Zealand Bird Conference and Birds New Zealand AGM in Wellington was a significant and memorable event! Here are some of the highlights: 80th Anniversary of Birds New Zealand Launch of the “New Zealand Bird Atlas Project“ Signing of MoU “Young Birders NZ & Birds New Zealand” Robert Falla Memorial Award:  Andrew Crossland MSA Awards:  […]

New Council member – Josie Galbraith

Kia ora!  Ko Josie Galbraith tōku ingoa.  I happened to be a self-confessed nature geek, with birds sitting pretty on the podium of my favourite taxa.  I grew up with family trips to Tiritiri Matangi, Pūkorokoro Miranda, Tongariro National Park, and anywhere else there were birds to be seen and trails to tramp.  It may […]

New Council member – Eleanor Gunby

Kia ora, I’m Eleanor Gunby. While I’d had a vague interest in birds for a few years prior, it was when I joined Birds NZ when I was twelve that I became totally hooked by all things bird related. My passion for birds and ecology has led to my first year of a BSc in […]

Seabird Threats – Press Release

A major review of threats to seabirds in northern New Zealand reveals that interactions among them are driving ongoing declines in populations! Read more here.

10th International Penguin Conference in Dunedin!

The 10th International Penguin Conference will be held in Dunedin from 24-28 August 2019. Read more here.

3rd World Seabird Conference

The 3rd World Seabird Conference “Conserving Seabird Diversity for the Future” will be held from 19-23 October 2020 in Hobart (Tasmania)  The Call for Symposia and Workshops is now open – see details here. Applications close 1 April 2019. The Call for Abstracts will come in April 2019. Be part of the largest gathering of seabird researchers, managers, scientist and students in the world!