New Council member – Eleanor GunbyJune 2nd, 2019
Kia ora, I’m Eleanor Gunby. While I’d had a vague interest in birds for a few years prior, it was when I joined Birds NZ when I was twelve that I became totally hooked by all things bird related. My passion for birds and ecology has led to my first year of a BSc in Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Canterbury. This past summer, I was lucky enough to be involved in bird monitoring on the Waimakariri River, which I hope to continue in the future. Currently, I’m part of a local project banding passerines at Halswell Quarry.
Since joining Birds NZ, I’ve been co-opted onto Canterbury’s committee, became editor of the local newsletter, and am a regular face at trips and meetings. I’ve also become a member of the Young Birders NZ executive team. While I’ve had a lot of great experiences as a Birds NZ member, the youth camps have been among the highlights. These have given me the opportunity to go birding around the county, learn from experienced birders, and of course meet other young birders. I want to make sure everyone, including young birders, enjoy birding and being a Birds NZ member as much as I do.