Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Wed, 18/04/2018 - 09:47

For postgraduate studies of Sphenisciform and Procellariiform seabirds by citizens of Commonwealth Countries. 

Applications are accepted for awards for 3.5 year studenships starting between 1 January 2019 and 31 March 2020.

Applications close on 30 June 2018!

Details are available here.

Sun, 25/03/2018 - 16:43

The March 2018 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing news of the first New Zealand breeding record of Leach’s Storm Petrel and the first New Zealand breeding record of Hoary-headed Grebe since the 1977-78 season.

Other reports include results of research funded by the Birds New Zealand Research Fund 2016 on South Island Robins and Common Diving Petrels, the Australasian Ornithological Conference held at Australia in October 2017, the bird-banding Youth Camp held at Miranda in October 2017, the breeding success of a Black-billed Gull colony at the Tukituki River mouth in Hawke’s Bay, and the new study describing two new extinct rail species from fossils found in 16-19 million-year-old deposits at St Bathans, Otago.

This edition also features an illustrated article by Rod Hay on a December 2017 birdwatching trip to the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.

It also contains details of the 2018 New Zealand Bird Conference and Annual General Meeting, to be held in Waitangi (Bay of Islands), 2-3 June 2018, and a notice of motion for four amendments to the Constitution of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand Inc.

The regular quarterly reports from the Society's President, David Lawrie, and from around the regions are also included.

Link to the online edition of the magazine:

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 09:01

Applications are invited for the 2018 Australasian Seabird Group (ASG) - Student Project Support Grants!

Read more here.

The closing date is 29 March 2018!

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 14:35

A huge colony of rare tarāpuka (black-billed gulls) has recently been discovered at Tukituki River, Hawke's Bay!

Watch Bernie's video and read all about it here: 

Read more about black-billed gulls here:

Here are two other recent articles about rare birds that may be of interest:



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, 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: