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December edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

January 21st, 2021

The December 2020 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing details of the 2021 NZ Bird Conference and AGM to be held in Thames on Queens Birthday weekend (5-6 June), an agreement with Landcare Research on sharing historic NZ Bird Atlas data, and a Memorandum of Understanding with Forest and Bird.

It contains reports on the 2020 Birds New Zealand Research Fund, which will fund research on Tawaki and Stoats, monitoring Kākāpō and Takahē using environmental DNA, Kokako and NZ Storm Petrel genetics, GPS tracking of West Coast and Hauraki Gulf Kororā/Little Penguins, monitoring of Sooty Shearwaters and Stewart Island/Rakiura Tokoeka, and Whenua Hou Diving Petrel recruitment.

It also reports back on the results of research funded by the 2019 Birds New Zealand Research Fund on Stewart Island/Rakiura Tokoeka, the White-fronted Tern population in the Hauraki Gulf, the foraging ecology of Whenua Hou Diving Petrel and Common Diving Petrel on Whenua Hou, Banded Rails in mangrove forests, tracking Fluttering Shearwaters, and the population and foraging behaviour of Little Shearwaters.

There is an illustrated update about the NZ Bird Atlas project and an interview with the Society’s Past President David Lawrie about his enthusiasm for the project.

It also contains news that the seven New Zealand Fairy Terns which fledged last breeding season survived the winter, new research on Kea intelligence, and an obituary for long-time Society member Reg Cotter.

There is also the regular quarterly report of the Society’s President Bruce McKinlay, quarterly reports from the Society’s Regional Representatives, and book reviews.

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