Monday, May 21, 2018


Fri, 18/05/2018 - 11:00

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!

Online  conference registration and full details are available here.  There are limited spaces - so register now

Please note the following updates:

eBird and National Bird Monitoring Scheme Workshop
This is a two-part workshop aimed at providing members with the opportunity to have input into two of the Society’s largest schemes. Part one of the workshop will be a question-and-answer session about the New Zealand eBird database. Nikki will provide an update on a number of new tools and features that have been introduced to eBird over the last 12 months, and will share some ideas on how members’ can contribute to the eBird database without necessarily going outside and getting their feet dirty. There will also be an opportunity for members to bring along their eBird questions and problems for discussion. Part two of the workshop will provide members with an update on the development of a new National Bird Monitoring Scheme for the Society, and will present an early view of what the survey may look like on the ground. This will be an early opportunity for members to contribute their feedback, and to influence the design and direction of this exciting and ground-breaking new project.

Additional Pelagic Trips!
We have just added two "Ninepin Trench Pelagic Trips" to visit the shelf edge, a productive area 10 miles off the coast of the Bay of Islands - a good spot for a range of shearwaters, petrels, albatrosses/mollymawks and storm-petrels! For details visit our conference page.


Fri, 04/05/2018 - 09:00

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 !!!


Thu, 03/05/2018 - 09:07

Join more than 20,000 others and become a part of eBird's Global Big Day on Saturday, 5 May!

How many birds can be seen in one day? That’s the question that drives a ‘big day,’ a 24-hour birding binge that is a fond tradition among birders. 

You don’t need to commit to 24 hours—just an hour or even 10 minutes counts as participating. Visit your favorite spot or go somewhere new; enjoy a solo walk or as a group to join in the fun! 

For more details on how to participate read here

Note: New Zealand eBird is the database recommended by Birds New Zealand for all bird observations. Read more about why we use eBird here.


Mon, 30/04/2018 - 15:39

Birds New Zealand has set in motion plans to design and launch a National Bird Monitoring Scheme for New Zealand – essentially a third Bird Atlas project but with added features!

Design and planning are now well underway, supported by Fruzio

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

Read more here.



Sat, 28/04/2018 - 09:25

Two nominations have been received for one Council position which will be vacant at the next Annual General Meeting. In keeping with the Constitution, a postal ballot is now required to determine who will be elected to this position. All financial members and family members are entitled to vote. 

The ballot paper was sent to all current members on 24 April, either by email as a link to Survey Monkey, or by post (if no email address is registered).
If you are a current member and have not yet received the Survey Monkey email, or the posted copy by 1 May, please contact our Executive Officer

Voting on Survey Monkey closes on 17 May.
Postal ballot papers need to arrive no later than 17 May (The Secretary, Ornithological Society of NZ, PO Box 834, Nelson 7040).

Wed, 18/04/2018 - 09:47

For postgraduate studies of Sphenisciform and Procellariiform seabirds by citizens of Commonwealth Countries. 

Applications are accepted for awards for 3.5 year studenships starting between 1 January 2019 and 31 March 2020.

Applications close on 30 June 2018!

Details are available here.

Sun, 25/03/2018 - 16:43

The March 2018 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing news of the first New Zealand breeding record of Leach’s Storm Petrel and the first New Zealand breeding record of Hoary-headed Grebe since the 1977-78 season.

Other reports include results of research funded by the Birds New Zealand Research Fund 2016 on South Island Robins and Common Diving Petrels, the Australasian Ornithological Conference held at Australia in October 2017, the bird-banding Youth Camp held at Miranda in October 2017, the breeding success of a Black-billed Gull colony at the Tukituki River mouth in Hawke’s Bay, and the new study describing two new extinct rail species from fossils found in 16-19 million-year-old deposits at St Bathans, Otago.

This edition also features an illustrated article by Rod Hay on a December 2017 birdwatching trip to the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.

It also contains details of the 2018 New Zealand Bird Conference and Annual General Meeting, to be held in Waitangi (Bay of Islands), 2-3 June 2018, and a notice of motion for four amendments to the Constitution of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand Inc.

The regular quarterly reports from the Society's President, David Lawrie, and from around the regions are also included.

Link to the online edition of the magazine:

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 16:23

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

More details coming soon!

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 14:26

Read the latest media release on tracking young yellow-eyed penguins HERE.

This project is supported by the Birds New Zealand Research Fund.

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!