Monday, March 19, 2018


Tue, 13/03/2018 - 09:01

Applications are invited for the 2018 Australasian Seabird Group (ASG) - Student Project Support Grants!

Read more here.

The closing date is 29 March 2018!

Fri, 02/03/2018 - 12:00

The 2018 New Zealand Bird Conference and the 79th Annual General Meeting of Birds New Zealand will be held

in Waitangi, Bay of Islands 
from 2 to 4 June 2018 (Queens Birthday Weekend). 

The New Zealand Bird Conference aims to continue the fine work of previous conferences in making this the premier New Zealand event for the communication of new research findings on birds in New Zealand, while providing opportunities for discussion, networking and workshops for bird researchers and birders. We look forward to welcoming you to the sunny Far North for what should be a fantastic weekend of birds and birding!

Deadline for abstract submissions is 31 March - but the earlier you submit your abstract the better! 

Online registration and full details are available here. Earlybird registrations finish 31 March!

There are limited spaces - so register now






Mon, 12/02/2018 - 13:14

Are you passionate about editing?

We are looking for a new Editor for our scientific journal Notornis.  

If you are interested in this position please get in touch with our Executive Officer or President.   

More details are available here

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 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 2018!

Details are available here
Mon, 15/01/2018 - 14:35

A huge colony of rare tarāpuka (black-billed gulls) has recently been discovered at Tukituki River, Hawke's Bay!

Watch Bernie's video and read all about it here: 

Read more about black-billed gulls here:

Here are two other recent articles about rare birds that may be of interest:



Tue, 09/01/2018 - 15:16

Check out what the Northern NZ Seabird Trust got up to in 2017 and what is planned for 2018 - read their latest newsletter here.


Mon, 08/01/2018 - 14:50

The recent Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) was held in November 2017 in Geelong, Australia. 

Natalie Forsdick received one of two Birds NZ student travel grants to present her talk "Kakī conservation at the cutting edge" at the AOC. 

Read Natalie's article on the AOC 2017 here.

Thu, 28/12/2017 - 16:43

The December 2017 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing details of the Birds New Zealand Research Fund 2017 funding round, which includes funding for research on Yellow-eyed Penguin (Hoiho), Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki), Snares Crested Penguin, Erect-crested Penguin, Great Spotted Kiwi, Black Stilt, Weka, Stitchbird (Hihi), Chatham Island Taiko, South Georgian Diving Petrel, Buller’s Shearwater, and the acoustic identification of native birds.

Other reports include the results of research funded by the Birds New Zealand Research Fund 2016 funding round, including research on Australasian Bittern, Yellow-eyed Penguin (Hoiho), Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki), New Zealand Falcon (Karearea), Mottled Petrel, Brown Skua, Buller’s Shearwater, and birds in urban restored forests.

This edition also features an illustrated article by Geoff Walls entitled, “Retrospective citizen science: changes in bird status on D’Urville Island (1972-1026) from collected observations”.

It also contains details of the 2018 Birds New Zealand Conference and Annual General Meeting, to be held in Waitangi (Bay of Islands), 2-3 June, and news of the appointment of a new convenor of the Scientific Committee (Graeme Taylor) and a new Moult Convenor (Gillian Vaughan).

And it also contains the regular quarterly report of the Society's President, David Lawrie, quarterly reports from the regions, and Bird News.

Link to the online edition of the magazine:

Mon, 18/12/2017 - 19:56

The 2018 Oamaru Penguin Symposium will be held in Oamaru, New Zealand, on Thursday 3th and Friday 4th of May 2018.

The Oamaru Penguin Symposium is a biennial meeting attended by researchers, volunteers, field workers, students and rehabilitators from all types of organisations. The symposium began in the late 1990’s as the “Blue Penguin Scientific Symposium” to provide information to the community about the effects of tourism on the blue penguins at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. The symposium grew to include other New Zealand penguin species, with recent years seeing the inclusion of penguin species from outside New Zealand. To continue the growth of the meeting and to provide an opportunity for discussions about other seabird species, the penguin symposium is open to include presentations on all aspects of seabird biology and conservation. The aim is to encourage participation from a wide variety of seabird researchers and enthusiasts. This year we will also look to hold workshops during the meeting, please let us know if you have suggestions for these.

Venue:  The venue is the Oamaru Opera House with the day meetings held in the O.D.T Inkbox theatrette.

Registration:  The cost is $145 per person to attend, which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea both days. Attendance for one day only will be $80. There will be a dinner on the Thursday night, cost and location to be advised. A field trip visiting both the nearby Yellow-Eyed Penguin colony and the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is included.

Register either by emailing the convenor or online at our website:

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 10:06

Read the latest Banding Newsletter here