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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.

Drone for monitoring yellow-eyed penguin

New technology is enabling yellow-eyed penguin conservation in the subantarctic. The Drone Ranger is a VHF radio-tracking drone designed specifically for monitoring endangered wildlife. Used by Massey PhD student Chris Muller for locating endangered yellow-eyed penguin nests, it took just 3% of the time needed for traditional ground search methods. This efficiency gain was vital […]

Successful 2019 BNZRF Projects

12 Projects have been selected for this year’s Birds NZ Research Fund! A list of these projects is available here

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 […]

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 […]

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:  […]

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!