Saturday, May 26, 2018

2018 NZ Bird Conference - Programme available now!

The 2018 New Zealand Bird Conference and the 79th Annual General Meeting of Birds New Zealand will be held

in Waitangi, Bay of Islands 
from 2 to 4 June 2018 (Queens Birthday Weekend). 

The New Zealand Bird Conference aims to continue the fine work of previous conferences in making this the premier New Zealand event for the communication of new research findings on birds in New Zealand, while providing opportunities for discussion, networking and workshops for bird researchers and birders. We look forward to welcoming you to the sunny Far North for what should be a fantastic weekend of birds and birding!

Online conference registration and full details are available here.  There are limited spaces - so register now

The Conference Programme is available here.

Please note the following updates:

eBird and National Bird Monitoring Scheme Workshop
This is a two-part workshop aimed at providing members with the opportunity to have input into two of the Society’s largest schemes. Part one of the workshop will be a question-and-answer session about the New Zealand eBird database. Nikki will provide an update on a number of new tools and features that have been introduced to eBird over the last 12 months, and will share some ideas on how members’ can contribute to the eBird database without necessarily going outside and getting their feet dirty. There will also be an opportunity for members to bring along their eBird questions and problems for discussion. Part two of the workshop will provide members with an update on the development of a new National Bird Monitoring Scheme for the Society, and will present an early view of what the survey may look like on the ground. This will be an early opportunity for members to contribute their feedback, and to influence the design and direction of this exciting and ground-breaking new project.

Additional Pelagic Trips!
We have just added two "Ninepin Trench Pelagic Trips" to visit the shelf edge, a productive area 10 miles off the coast of the Bay of Islands - a good spot for a range of shearwaters, petrels, albatrosses/mollymawks and storm-petrels! For details visit our conference page.