Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Tue, 09/01/2018 - 15:16

Check out what the Northern NZ Seabird Trust got up to in 2017 and what is planned for 2018 - read their latest newsletter here.


Mon, 08/01/2018 - 14:50

The recent Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) was held in November 2017 in Geelong, Australia. 

Natalie Forsdick received one of two Birds NZ student travel grants to present her talk "Kakī conservation at the cutting edge" at the AOC. 

Read Natalie's article on the AOC 2017 here.

Mon, 18/12/2017 - 19:56

The 2018 Oamaru Penguin Symposium will be held in Oamaru, New Zealand, on Thursday 3th and Friday 4th of May 2018.

The Oamaru Penguin Symposium is a biennial meeting attended by researchers, volunteers, field workers, students and rehabilitators from all types of organisations. The symposium began in the late 1990’s as the “Blue Penguin Scientific Symposium” to provide information to the community about the effects of tourism on the blue penguins at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. The symposium grew to include other New Zealand penguin species, with recent years seeing the inclusion of penguin species from outside New Zealand. To continue the growth of the meeting and to provide an opportunity for discussions about other seabird species, the penguin symposium is open to include presentations on all aspects of seabird biology and conservation. The aim is to encourage participation from a wide variety of seabird researchers and enthusiasts. This year we will also look to hold workshops during the meeting, please let us know if you have suggestions for these.

Venue:  The venue is the Oamaru Opera House with the day meetings held in the O.D.T Inkbox theatrette.

Registration:  The cost is $145 per person to attend, which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea both days. Attendance for one day only will be $80. There will be a dinner on the Thursday night, cost and location to be advised. A field trip visiting both the nearby Yellow-Eyed Penguin colony and the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is included.

Register either by emailing the convenor or online at our website:

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 10:06

Read the latest Banding Newsletter here

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 15:49

Early results from a Dunedin falcon study reveals a robust kārearea population on the city's fringes. Read more here

This project was funded by the Birds NZ Research Fund 2016. Read more about this fund and currently and previously funded projects here.

Mon, 23/10/2017 - 13:48

We have a new convenor for the Scientific Comittee:  Graeme Taylor.

Graeme joined with Birds NZ in 1978 when he met other members of the society on Stewart Island. His early interest was in forest birds but since spending a year on Campbell Island in 1984 he has become hooked on seabirds. He has served on the Birds NZ council, Rare Birds committee, compiled beach patrol records and classified summarised notes. He ran the national bird banding office for 8 years. He currently works as a marine scientist at Department of Conservation in Wellington.

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 10:06

The September 2017 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing details from the annual Birds New Zealand conference held in Te Anau, Southland, in June, including the announcement of new Student Awards, the recipients of the Society’s Annual Awards, and the minutes of the 78th Annual General Meeting.

Other reports include the results of a new study that has found the New Zealand population of South Georgian Diving Petrel is an undescribed species, the results of two new studies describing extinct endemic New Zealand species of shag and swan, the capture and banding of Southern New Zealand Dotterels in Southland, and the recipient of the 2017 David Medway Scholarship, who will use it to conduct research into the foraging ecology of Bar-tailed Godwits upon arrival in New Zealand.

It also features illustrated articles about a birdwatching tour of China’s Yellow Sea coast, and a post-conference field trip in the footsteps of Geoffrey Orbell to Takahe Valley in the Murchison Mountains.

This edition also reports the re-election of Mel Galbraith and Keith Woodley to the Birds New Zealand Council for another three-year term and presents a summary of a new membership survey. It also contains the regular quarterly report of the Society's President, David Lawrie, and quarterly reports from the regions.


Link to the online edition of the magazine:

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 19:06

Australasian Gannet (tākapu) diet studies reveal likely importance of arrow squid and krill as key species in the food web of the Hauraki Gulf.

Read more here

Sun, 01/10/2017 - 02:33

The Society for Conservation Biology 5th Oceania Congress is taking place in Wellington from 2-6 July 2018.

The call for symposia and workshops is now open and closes on 16th October 2017. See flyer below.

Details and online registration are available here.

Mon, 28/08/2017 - 17:12

A total of 15 projects have been selected for the 2017 Birds New Zealand Research Fund!

Find out more here!