Saturday, December 15, 2018

September edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The September 2018 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing news of the election of Bruce McKinlay as the Society’s new President and Natalie Forsdick as a new Council member, and the presentation of annual awards at the Society’s 79th Annual General Meeting held in June in Waitangi.

It also features an update on progress towards establishing the new National Bird Monitoring Scheme, profiles of the Society’s ten Council members, results of a shorebird survey conducted in North Korea, and a Young Birders’ Northland ‘Big Day’.

It also reports news of a 25% decline in the threatened King Shag population since 2015, latest results from a Wairau River Black-billed Gull banding project, a call for applications to the Pacific Islands Conservation and Research Fund, and a record of a rare melanistic Sacred Kingfisher in Whakatane.

This issue also marks the upcoming 70th anniversary of the rediscovery of the South Island Takahe or Notornis, reports on new research on the energetics of Rifleman and clinal variation in avian body size, and possible sightings of South Island Kokako.

It also contains the first quarterly report by the Society's new President, Bruce McKinlay, quarterly reports from the Society’s Regional Representatives, the Minutes of the 79th Annual General Meeting, and Bird News reports of rare and unusual birds from around the country during the previous six months.

Link to the online edition of the magazine: https://www.notornis.osnz.org.nz/node/4426