Sunday, May 26, 2019


Mon, 20/05/2019 - 09:50

The 2019 New Zealand Bird Conference and the 80th Annual General Meeting of Birds New Zealand will be held at the

Brentwood Hotel, Kilbirnie, Wellington 
between 1 to 3 June 2019 (Queens Birthday Weekend)

The Conference Programme & Abstracts are now available!

For online registration and details go here

This 80th celebratory conference aims to continue the fine work of previous events in making this the premier New Zealand conference for the communication of new research findings on New Zealand birds and for providing opportunities for discussion and networking for professional ornithologists, students and others who are interested in birds and their habitats.

We look forward to presenting several keynote lectures of a diversity of topics, including Wellington birds, Auckland Islands, old bones and ancient DNA, genetics and taxonomy, physiology and reproduction, and seabirds.  We hope that a range of shorter talks will describe studies on a wide range of topics and in doing so we look forward to bringing together researchers and all who are interested to share their knowledge and findings to make this conference a dynamic, informative and memorable event.

There are limited space so register now! 

Please note:  For room reservations at Brentwood Hotel at the discounted rate please quote "NZ Bird Conference - GROUP NUMBER 79204

Files available for download:

Wed, 15/05/2019 - 15:00

Birds New Zealand offers two $1,000 travel grants to assist postgraduate research students from New Zealand present their findings at the upcoming Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC)  in Darwin from 3-5 July. 

Applicants need to be Birds New Zealand members and will be expected to write a short report on their conference experience for publication in the Birds New Zealand magazine and/or submit an article to Notornis.

To apply, please fill in the application form and submit it with your brief CV to the Executive Officer by 10 June 2019.

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 11:00

Applications are invited from individuals, groups or organisations who are prepared to make a difference in bird research in New Zealand!

Details are available here.  

Note - Applications close 15 June !!!


Wed, 01/05/2019 - 21:30

Young Birders NZ and Birds New Zealand have made a commitment to each other by preparing a Memorandum of Understanding. This will be signed at the upcoming New Zealand Birds Conference.

The key points are available here.

Thu, 18/04/2019 - 07:45

The 2019 Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) will be held in Darwin from 3-5 July 2019.

The following awards and scholarships are available to help students attend the AOC:

The symposia and plenary speakers have been finalised. A poster with key dates is available here

Tue, 02/04/2019 - 09:00

The March 2019 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing summaries of the results of research projects funded by the Birds New Zealand Research Fund, news of honours awarded to Kerry-Jayne Wilson (New Zealand Order of Merit) and Helen Taylor (Royal Society 2018 Callaghan Medal), and the planned launch of the New Zealand Bird Atlas scheme in June 2019.

The summaries of the results of projects funded by the Birds New Zealand Research Fund include research on Weka, Australasian Bittern, Hihi, Tawaki, Hoiho, Whenua Hou Diving Petrel and the genetics of crested penguins, Australasian stilts and South Island Robins.

This edition also features an illustrated article about ‘Chatham Island Snipe – our littlest snipe’ by Birds New Zealand Councillor Colin Miskelly.

It also contains the quarterly report from the Society's President Bruce McKinlay, our regular quarterly reports from around the regions, and the quarterly Bird News report of sightings from around the country.

Link to the online edition of the magazine:

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 10:26

The 10th International Penguin Conference will be held in Dunedin from 24-28 August 2019.

Read more here.

Thu, 14/02/2019 - 10:42

Red-billed gulls are severely at risk, but there is very little public awareness.

The recently published story in “The Guardian” highlights the issue of red-billed gull decline, based on results from the Birds New Zealand census published in Notornis.

Read the full story here

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:00

Birds New Zealand is in the process of designing a "New Zealand Bird Atlas Scheme"  –  essentially a third Bird Atlas project but with added features!

Design and planning are now well underway, supported by Goodness Kitchen

The aim is to have the scheme ready to launch at the NZ Birds Conference & 80th Birds NZ AGM in June 2019!

Read more about the Atlas scheme here



Wed, 30/01/2019 - 15:49

The 3rd World Seabird Conference "Conserving Seabird Diversity for the Future" will be held

in Hobart (Tasmania) 

between 19-23 October 2020

The Call for Symposia and Workshops is now open - see details hereApplications close 1 April 2019. The call for abstracts will come in April 2019.

Be part of the largest gathering of seabird researchers, managers, scientist and students in the world!

Monday, 19 October, 2020 - 08:00 to Friday, 23 October, 2020 - 18:00