Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Mon, 19/06/2017 - 16:34

Natalie Forsdick was awarded the "Birds NZ Conference - Student Award" for the best student talk at the 2017 NZ Bird Conference in Te Anau. Her presentation on "Genetic diversity and population differentiation within and between island populations of Chatham Island black robins and tomtits” was very well received.

Well done, Natalie!

Note - the above image shows Natalie holding "Orbell", the Society's monstrosity!


Thu, 15/06/2017 - 08:15
Denise is a senior ranger, biodiversity for the Department of Conservation in Hawke’s Bay. She has over 20 years experience working in this field, including two years as technical support officer for Karori Wildlife Sanctuary (now Zealandia – The Karori Sanctuary Experience), two years as island ranger on the Chatham Islands, and contracting for over 10 years. Through this she has participated in numerous translocations (28+) covering varying species (water birds, waders, seabirds, forest birds), species monitoring, and pest control. Denise's contact details are available here.
Wed, 31/05/2017 - 22:55

A new report released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment draws attention to the perilous state of the majority of New Zealand’s native bird species. Read or download the full report here.

Birds New Zealand members have been monitoring population trends in our birds for 80 years. The fact that these trends have been used by the Commissioner in this new report is a wonderful endorsement of the substantial effort put in by our volunteer members.

Read our latest Press Release here

Tue, 30/05/2017 - 06:31

We welcome Trina Smith as our new Librarian! 

Trina will be looking after our books and periodicals at the Auckland Museum.

Read more about Trina here.

By the way - did you know that Birds New Zealand holds over 300 bird books and over 110 periodicals at the Auckland Museum Library?

As a member you are entitled to request copies of articles or parts of journals, or be added on a circulation list of journals. Read more here.


Mon, 22/05/2017 - 14:53

The 2017 Birds New Zealand Youth Camp provided 12 young people with a hands-on experience. Read Eleanor's trip report here.

Thanks to Les Feasey and Sharon Alderson for organizing this important event and to everyone who helped and volunteered their time!

A special thanks also to Fruzio for sponsoring the camp and helping to raise awareness about Birds New Zealands activities!


Fri, 19/05/2017 - 19:14

The 2017 David Medway Scholarship has been awarded to Toby Ross for his project:

"Foraging ecology of Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) upon migration arrival".  Read more here

Congratulations, Toby! 


Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:18

Read latest Banding Newsletter here.

Sun, 23/04/2017 - 08:43

A paper has just been published on shorebird decline due to disappearing mudflats in the Yellow Sea. Read the full version here.

This study was based on decades of bird counting by volunteers across New Zealand and Australia.

Birds NZ members have hugely contributed to this important study by participating in the National Wader Count scheme over the past 50 years!

Read our latest media release here.

Shoreline habitats for the migrating birds are turned into dry land through a process known as reclamation. Image: Nick Murray

Thu, 13/04/2017 - 13:17

Notornis is an important means for information on New Zealand birds to be published and made accessible to all. It is the longest running project supported by the society, with a proud publication history dating back to 1943.

There have been peaks and lows in Notornis production over the years, largely due to the rate of submissions, and the effectiveness of the editor. We have been fortunate to have had very efficient editors over the past decade, but we are currently struggling to get enough copy to fill issues. If you have a near-to-complete manuscript that you haven’t quite got round to submitting, please brush the dust off it and get it to the editor (Leigh Bull) promptly.

Birds New Zealand Council is offering two new awards to encourage members across the threshold of getting your work published for the first time:

Birds New Zealand Student Publication Award
An annual award of $500 for the best Notornis publication where a student or recent graduate is the sole or lead author. Applicants must be current members of Birds New Zealand, and must state when submitting their manuscripts that they wish to apply for the award, and that they are currently enrolled in a New Zealand education institute or have graduated in the last 3 years. There is no restriction on the number of submissions that a student may make in the course of their studies, and the award is open to students of all ages.

Birds New Zealand New Author Award
An annual award of $300 for the best Notornis publication where the sole or lead author has not previously published in Notornis or any other scientific journal. Applicants must be current members of Birds New Zealand, and must state when submitting their manuscripts that they are a first-time author and wish to apply for the award. The award can be applied for once only. Students are able to apply for both awards (if eligible), but one award only will be granted to any one manuscript.

Birds New Zealand also offers an annual award for the best student presentation at the New Zealand Bird Conference.

I look forward to reading about your research in Notornis!

David Lawrie


Tue, 11/04/2017 - 08:51

A recently published paper in the journal Biological Conservation highlights how eBird data is used in the real world to support conservation actions! Read the latest eBird news here

To download the full article (free until 18 May) visit 18 May, the article can be found at

Learn more about eBird here