Thursday, August 17, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - New edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The March 2017 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, reporting on the first New Zealand sightings of Laughing Gull, Cox’s Sandpiper and Shy Albatross, rare records of Red-footed Booby, Wilson’s Phalarope, Asiatic Dowitcher and Spine-tailed Swift, and other notable bird sightings from around New Zealand reported during the past six months.

The new edition also features colour illustrated articles on Heritage Expeditions’ ‘Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific’ birding expedition to New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands in December 2016 by Michelle Bradshaw, a birdwatching tour of Botswana and Zambia in April 2016 by Elizabeth (Biz) Bell, Paul Garner-Richards, Brian Bell and Sue Bell, and the Australia-New Zealand Birding Week held on Norfolk Island in November 2016, by Ian and Gwyneth Armitage.

There are also reports on the seasonal at-sea movements of a Fiordland Crested Penguin or Tawaki, the results of a new genetic study of the extinct Scarlett’s Shearwater, a new study that aims to improve the conservation of the endangered Black-fronted Tern, news that the global population of the South Island Takahe has reached 306 birds, and the award of an Associate Emeritus Medal to Dr Brian Gill by the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

The magazine also contains details of the Society’s 2017 Conference and AGM to be held in Te Anau, Fiordland, on Queen’s Birthday weekend, the quarterly report of the Society's President, David Lawrie, and reports from the regions.

Link to the online edition of the magazine: http://notornis.osnz.org.nz/node/4377