Friday, April 27, 2018

OSNZ News

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 19:04

Very good progress continues with data transcription in the Birds New Zealand Beach Patrol Data Entry Project. Read the latest progress report here.

Thank you all for your continuing support and, in particular, a big thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of several members who are making such an sustained effort in this regard.  Your support is very much appreciated. 

A batch of Beach Patrol Cards and Beach Patrol datasheets for the 2009 to 2011 period were scanned and loaded into the database today – this explains the increase in the number of ‘new scans’ waiting to be entered in the Data Entry Table Home Page.

Data entry progress

1,498 New Scans – yet to be entered.

Form type

Keyed once

Double entered

Reconciled

Beach patrol card

25,283

18,100

5,037

Beach patrol data sheet

732

620

108

TOTAL

26,015

18,720

5,145

Members who are not yet involved are welcome to contribute; just follow the instructions for registration shown on the Beach Patrol page http://www.osnz.org.nz/beach-patrol-scheme

Sun, 02/04/2017 - 16:29

The March 2017 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, reporting on the first New Zealand sightings of Laughing Gull, Cox’s Sandpiper and Shy Albatross, rare records of Red-footed Booby, Wilson’s Phalarope, Asiatic Dowitcher and Spine-tailed Swift, and other notable bird sightings from around New Zealand reported during the past six months.

The new edition also features colour illustrated articles on Heritage Expeditions’ ‘Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific’ birding expedition to New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands in December 2016 by Michelle Bradshaw, a birdwatching tour of Botswana and Zambia in April 2016 by Elizabeth (Biz) Bell, Paul Garner-Richards, Brian Bell and Sue Bell, and the Australia-New Zealand Birding Week held on Norfolk Island in November 2016, by Ian and Gwyneth Armitage.

There are also reports on the seasonal at-sea movements of a Fiordland Crested Penguin or Tawaki, the results of a new genetic study of the extinct Scarlett’s Shearwater, a new study that aims to improve the conservation of the endangered Black-fronted Tern, news that the global population of the South Island Takahe has reached 306 birds, and the award of an Associate Emeritus Medal to Dr Brian Gill by the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

The magazine also contains details of the Society’s 2017 Conference and AGM to be held in Te Anau, Fiordland, on Queen’s Birthday weekend, the quarterly report of the Society's President, David Lawrie, and reports from the regions.

Link to the online edition of the magazine: http://notornis.osnz.org.nz/node/4377

 

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 12:00

The newly released book "Birds: A Field Companion" by Samuel Emerson Scheibel is now available to Birds NZ members at a discount of 20% off RRP ($14.95)!

Birds: A Field Companion is a comprehensive and portable book designed for observing and recording birds in the field for successful identification. This book contains five sections of charts and diagrams for specific bird types. Additionally, there are three supplemental sections for further detailed observations, annotating bird calls, and recording checklists.  With concise diagrams and charts for quickly sketching and noting your observations, you’ll have more time to view birds and make more accurate identifications. This book is small enough to fit in a coat pocket or backpack so it can be carried on your next trip into the field, or keep it next to your favorite window for watching birds at your feeder.

Just visit https://www.createspace.com/6810755 and enter the coupon code 88B7Q7PM to receive your 20% discount!

Offer expires 31 December 2017

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 15:10

The exhibition "Buller's Birds: The art of Keulemans and Buchanan" (developed by Te Papa) was held at the Aratoi Museum in Masterton from 18 February until 19 March 2017. 

This unique exhibition was supported by Birds New Zealand and Fruzio! 

Read more here.

 

 

Sat, 28/01/2017 - 10:51

The South Island Kokako Trust is offering a $5000 reward for information resulting in confirmation that it is still alive! Read more here.

Sat, 10/12/2016 - 18:13

Read results from the "Wader Conservation World Watch" - the world shorebird count held in November - here.

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 16:42

A new edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, reporting on the Birds New Zealand Research Fund 2016 funding round, which has awarded funds to new research on Yellow-eyed Penguin (Hoiho), Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki), Kakapo, Northern Brown Kiwi, New Zealand Falcon (Karearea), seabirds of the northern Kermadec Islands, Buller’s Shearwater, Common Diving Petrel, Brown Skua, Australasian Gannet, Mottled Petrel, and native birds in urban ‘restored sites’.

This edition also includes reports on new ‘Birding Expeditions’ to New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands offered by Heritage Expeditions in 2017-18, the results of new research tracking the seasonal movements of Australasian Bitterns in the Hawke’s Bay region, and the results of a new genetic study of the extinct New Zealand Raven and Chatham Island Raven.

There are illustrated feature articles on birdwatching and the birds of the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia, and current field research on the seabirds of Subantarctic Kerguelen Island.

The magazine also contains news of the Society’s 2017 Conference and AGM to be held in Te Anau in Fiordland on Queen’s Birthday weekend, the quarterly report of the Society's President, David Lawrie, and reports from the regions.

A pdf file of the December edition can be downloaded HERE or via the Notornis page.

 

 

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 14:34

The Banding Office would like to improve the recording and reporting (as well as timely feedback) of colour-banded birds, and has developed two online surveys – open to birders, banders, and anyone who has reported a colour-banded bird or manages a banding project.

The first survey aims to collate information regarding projects that mark birds using colour bands, to improve recording and reporting of colour-banded birds through a searchable database (see South African and European examples).

The second survey focuses on colour band suitability and shortcomings through providing a platform for you to report on your personal insights, preferences and “gut-feel” regarding the suitability and shortcomings of different colour band types (butt-bands, wrap-around bands, jesses, flags, alpha-numeric, etc.), materials (metal powder-coated, Darvic, Salbex, acetate, celluloid, etc.), colours, closing techniques (glue or solder) and suppliers.

Please assist by completing the surveys via the links below. Your feedback will be used to streamline the functions of the Banding Office in terms of colour band record keeping, reporting, stock, and advice.

Many thanks!

 

Fri, 18/11/2016 - 10:17

The Report on the National Red-billed Gull Survey 2014-2016 is now available here.

This project was supported by the PAF and Fruzio funding.

Read more details and background about this important survey here

Tue, 01/11/2016 - 13:20

As part of a suite of changes and improvements in the Banding Office, Michelle has introduced a newsletter to keep banders informed of changes, training opportunities, banding updates, equipment offers and suchlike. It will also include band recovery anecdotes, project updates, discussions, and banding banter…

Read the first Banding Newsletter HERE

 

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