Sunday, May 28, 2017


Thu, 25/05/2017 - 22:39

The programme and abstract for the Scientific Programme for the 2017 NZ Bird Conference has been finalised.  It can be downloaded here.

Conference details and online registrations are available here.

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 10:35

The 2017 New Zealand Bird Conference and AGM of Birds New Zealand will be held in:

         Te Anau (Southland) over Queens Birthday Weekend (3-5 June 2017)

The conference is an opportunity for anyone interested in birds to gather and learn from each other. Saturday and Sunday are designated as scientific days, where both amateur and professional ornithologists present short papers on their work to increase knowledge of our bird life in New Zealand. The AGM will be held on Saturday evening, and field trips to local birding highlights will take place on Monday. 

Conference details and online registration are available here

Join us in Fiordland for a fantastic birding weekend! Please note - there is limited space available, so if you haven't registered yet - do it now!


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.

Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:37

BirdLife Australia and Birds New Zealand bring you our biennial Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) for all those interested in the study and conservation of Australasian birds!

The 2017 AOC will be held from 8-11 November in Geelong (Australia). 

Details are available here: 

Student support is available through the AOC Travel Grant and the Gavin Jackson Memorial Prize.

The AOC one of the best Trans-Tasman forums for bird networking!


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

Mon, 10/04/2017 - 10:28

China has added critical migratory waterbird sites in the Bohai Gulf and Yellow Sea to the World Heritage Tentative List!

Read more here