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Canterybury 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

EAAFP Waterbirds Photo Contest

The first EAAFP Waterbirds Photo Contest is now open! ENTER CONTEST The EAAFP Waterbirds Photo Contest aims to raise awareness of conservation of migratory waterbirds and sustainable management of their habitats in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) region through photography. Join this photo contest and contribute to showing the beauty of waterbirds and their habitats in this flyway to […]

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.

September edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The September 2019 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing news of the election of Josie Galbraith and Eleanor Gunby to the Society’s Council, Phil Battley, Peter Fryer and Geoff Foreman as new Regional Representatives, Lynne Anderson as the Society’s new Secretary, and the presentation of annual awards at the Society’s 80th […]

Satellite tracking of tawaki

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

Otago Newsletter

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

Northland “Amokura” Newsletter

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

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 […]

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 […]

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:  […]