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Tara Photography Competition

Help us find out what White-fronted terns are eating and take part in this exciting photographic competition! Details are available at nzseabirdtrust.com/tara

September edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The September 2022 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published with reports on the 2022 New Zealand Bird conference and AGM, the award of a New Zealand Order of Merit to Birds New Zealand Councillor Keith Woodley, and the presentation of the Robert Falla Memorial Award to Graeme Taylor. It also reports on […]

South Auckland Newsletter

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

Otago Newsletter

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

Banding Newsletter September 2022

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

Give the gift of birds this Christmas

Are you looking for a special gift to give this Christmas? You can gift someone a 2023 Birds New Zealand subscription for just $1.50 a week to help foster a lifetime appreciation of birds. Just choose a subscription plan and send an email to  membership@birdsnz.org.nz and we will advise how to make the payment. Once that’s […]

A lucky find – Matsudaira’s storm petrel

There are a handful of bird species that are included on the New Zealand list based on a single specimen found storm-wrecked somewhere on New Zealand’s long coastline. Curator Vertebrates Colin Miskelly describes the discovery of the latest addition to this list. Read more A new page for “Matsudaira’s storm petrel” has now been added to […]

Nelson Newsletter

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

Whanganui Newsletter

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

Celebrating a lifetime dedicated to seabirds

Graeme Taylor, Principal Science Advisor Marine, has been awarded the Robert Falla Memorial award at the 2022 New Zealand Bird Conference which was held in Christchurch in June. Read more here

Australasian Bittern Survey (Birdlife Australia)

Australasian Bittern are a partially nocturnal, cryptic, and nomadic heron species, which historically, have been observed in three countries, including Australia, New Caledonia, and New Zealand. The species has been classified as globally endangered since 2016 due to the declining trajectory of its small remaining population (1000 – 2499 individuals). The lack of rigorous baseline data […]

Australasian Shorebird Conference 2022 – Registration open

The 12th Australasian Shorebird Conference will take place online from 29-30 October 2022.  The Conference is online and registrations are now open here. The theme for this Conference is “Global Strategies Local Actions” and through the Conference program we will look at what has been happening across the east Asian – Australasian Flyway since the 11th Australasian Shorebird Conference […]

Canterbury Newsletter

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Northland “Amokura” Newsletter

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

Auckland Newsletter

Download the latest Auckland Regional Programme here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here 

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)

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 […]