Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Thu, 14/07/2011 - 13:58

Welcome to the new Ornithological Society of New Zealand's website. I'm pleased to be able to invite you to have a look around and see the new layout. We will be continuing to update the site as necessary and as new events occur.

Some links might need checking so if you come across something that's not working then please let us know by e-mailing

As you can see we now have a rolling banner of photographs of birds. If you'd like to contribute then drop us an email with your attachments (the slideshow is 676x200px so your photo would need to be able to fit/scale well to this size).

David Lawrie
President OSNZ

Tue, 14/09/2010 - 11:28

The 4th Edition of Checklist was launched in June 2010. Special Offer for OSNZ Members: 20% off. More details can be found here

Wed, 10/02/2010 - 00:00

The annual "State of New Zealand's Birds" for 2009 has been added to the Publications page and can be downloaded as a PDF document - click here

Tue, 20/10/2009 - 13:00

At its meeting on 17 October 2009 Council confirmed that regions should continue with the OSNZ Wader Counts on a national basis.

The purpose of the counts is to track changes in populations of endemic species and contribute to monitoring changes in the populations of northern hemisphere breeding waders in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (particularly Bar-tailed Godwit, Red Knot and Turnstone). The Council intends to work with Birds Australia to investigate ways of developing common census and monitoring methods applicable to both countries.

DOC financial support to the wader counts ended with the February 2009 count, however regions are encouraged to continue with counts in November, February and June, wherever resources permit. The Society will be investigating possible sources of funding to assist in the future.

A report on the latest series of counts (2003-2009) is near finalisation. It is expected that this will be published by DOC in the near future.

Council and the Scientific Committee are investigating how best to maximise the value of the counts in future. We will keep you posted on developments.

I would like to thank all members who have taken part in the counts and look forward to your continued support. As many wader populations plummet across the globe OSNZ has a major contribution to make through the provision of information, particularly as we are the country at the end of the Flyway, and where the populations can best be monitored. The data has many uses and will assume greater significance in the future as pressure on estuarine areas increases.

Happy counting! (and fine weather!!!)

David Lawrie