Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Tue, 05/03/2019 - 14:12

The restructuring by Te Papa is of serious concern and may be relevant to important bird collections in future.

Read details and sign the petition here.

Please note: While Birds New Zealand will not become directly involved, any member or reader can sign the petition as an individual.

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 10:50

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)

Online registration and full details are available 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 spaces - register now

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

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

Mon, 11/02/2019 - 14:27

This scholarship for Masters and PhD students is sponsored by the George Mason Charitable Trust and named in commemoration of David Medway. 

Applications are now open and close on 30 March 2019!

Details are available here
Mon, 11/02/2019 - 11:14

This Canterbury scholarship was established in 2018 and is named in commemoration of Marj Davis.

Applications are now open and close on 31 March 2019.

Details are available 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
Mon, 21/01/2019 - 14:23

An exciting opportunity has come up in Dunedin for a three year, full time contract as "Penguin Coordinator".

A brief job description is available here.

Disclaimer:  This job description is published for the T-Gear Trust in the interests of supporting new research on penguins. Birds New Zealand does not accept any responsibility or liability to any person for the information provided in the foregoing job description. Enquiries should be directed to info@penguin-conservation.nz

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 21:15

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

Early bird registration closes 19 February! 

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