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December Birds New Zealand magazine published

December 16th, 2023

The December 2023 Birds New Zealand magazine has been published with a cover photo of a Kākāpō at Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain taken by Jake Osborne. This edition contains news of new bird research being funded by the 2023 Birds New Zealand Research Fund, including a new nationwide census of Black-billed Gulls, remote tracking of Australasian Bitterns, Chatham Taiko and Kuaka Whenua Hou Diving Petrels, the diet of the Antipodean Albatross, and Hihi hatching failure.

There are also reports of the results of research funded by the 2022 Birds New Zealand Research Fund on the climate change vulnerability of Chatham Petrels, plastics ingestion by Toanui, Mohua genomics, and the home range and habitat use of Weka in the alpine environment of Secretary Island.

It also reports on the translocation of more Kākāpō to Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain and new research projects to be coordinated by former Otago Regional Representative Mary Thompson, including a 2024 Birds New Zealand nationwide census of Royal Spoonbills.

There is also an illustrated article on the recent NZ Bird Atlas expedition to the West Coast of the South Island undertaken by Birds New Zealand members, which received generous funding from Toi Toi Wines. There are also illustrated articles on the NZ Bird Atlas project, contributed by the NZ Bird Atlas Team, and on the proposed Puketahā Ecosanctuary in Wainuiomata which aims to benefit Kākāpō and other threatened bird species, written by editor Michael Szabo.

There are also items on the 2024 NZ Bird Conference and Birds New Zealand AGM to be held in Nelson on King’s Birthday weekend (1-2 June), remote tracking of the at-sea movements of Westland Petrels, and news that the local Kōkako population is thriving at Rotoehu Forest in the Bay of Plenty.

This edition also includes the regular quarterly report of Birds New Zealand President Bruce McKinlay, illustrated quarterly reports from the Society’s regional representatives, and new book reviews.

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