Friday, November 24, 2017


Mon, 13/11/2017 - 11:01

Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift?

Give someone a 2018 Birds NZ subscription and help encourage the study, use of knowledge and enjoyment of birds!

Just send us an email and tell us which membership option you would like to gift, and we send you the voucher!

Subscriptions are available from $17.50! See more details here.

Wishing you all the best for the festive Season!

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 15:49

Early results from a Dunedin falcon study reveals a robust kārearea population on the city's fringes. Read more here

This project was funded by the Birds NZ Research Fund 2016. Read more about this fund and currently and previously funded projects here.

Mon, 23/10/2017 - 13:48

We have a new convenor for the Scientific Comittee:  Graeme Taylor.

Graeme joined with Birds NZ in 1978 when he met other members of the society on Stewart Island. His early interest was in forest birds but since spending a year on Campbell Island in 1984 he has become hooked on seabirds. He has served on the Bids NZ council, Rare Birds committee, compiled beach patrol records and classified summarised notes. He ran the national bird banding office for 8 years. He currently works as a marine scientist at Department of Conservation in Wellington.

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 10:06

The September 2017 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing details from the annual Birds New Zealand conference held in Te Anau, Southland, in June, including the announcement of new Student Awards, the recipients of the Society’s Annual Awards, and the minutes of the 78th Annual General Meeting.

Other reports include the results of a new study that has found the New Zealand population of South Georgian Diving Petrel is an undescribed species, the results of two new studies describing extinct endemic New Zealand species of shag and swan, the capture and banding of Southern New Zealand Dotterels in Southland, and the recipient of the 2017 David Medway Scholarship, who will use it to conduct research into the foraging ecology of Bar-tailed Godwits upon arrival in New Zealand.

It also features illustrated articles about a birdwatching tour of China’s Yellow Sea coast, and a post-conference field trip in the footsteps of Geoffrey Orbell to Takahe Valley in the Murchison Mountains.

This edition also reports the re-election of Mel Galbraith and Keith Woodley to the Birds New Zealand Council for another three-year term and presents a summary of a new membership survey. It also contains the regular quarterly report of the Society's President, David Lawrie, and quarterly reports from the regions.


Link to the online edition of the magazine:

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 19:06

Australasian Gannet (tākapu) diet studies reveal likely importance of arrow squid and krill as key species in the food web of the Hauraki Gulf.

Read more here

Sun, 01/10/2017 - 02:33

The Society for Conservation Biology 5th Oceania Congress is taking place in Wellington from 2-6 July 2018.

The call for symposia and workshops is now open and closes on 16th October 2017. See flyer below.

Details and online registration are available here.

Mon, 28/08/2017 - 17:12

A total of 15 projects have been selected for the 2017 Birds New Zealand Research Fund!

Find out more here!


Mon, 21/08/2017 - 13:23

We welcome Gillian Vaughan as our new convenor of the moult recording scheme

Read more about Gillian here.


Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:32

The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership is looking to appoint a new Chief Executive.

More information can be found on the EAAFP website here

Sat, 19/08/2017 - 12:37

For all those interested in the study and conservation of Australasian birds ...

BirdLife Australia and Birds New Zealand will hold the 2017 Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC):

         from 8 to 11 November in Geelong (Australia).

Details, online registration and abstract submission are available here: 

Early bird registrations close on 1st July!

Student support is available through our AOC Travel Grant and the Gavin Jackson Memorial Prize (both applications closed on 1 August 2017)! The recipients of this year's AOC Travel Grants are Natalie Forsdick and Hendrik Schultz!

Register now - the biennial AOC is one of the best Trans-Tasman forums for bird networking!