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Bird Counting Counts

Bird Counting Counts

Posted June 14, 2021
Community , Environmental

Media Release: Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research

The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey takes place between 26 June and 4 July 2021. It’s a fantastic reason to spend time outdoors, and you’ll be doing your bit for science.

Healthy bird populations can indicate that the environment is healthy. Lots is known about endangered native birds in the bush, but we don’t always know what’s happening in the populations of all the birds around us, particularly in urban and garden environments.

That’s why your help us count them matters.

What is learned from information about the birds in your garden collected by you and your fellow citizen scientists helps researchers make decisions to protect our environment. It also tells us if what is being done in areas such as predator control is working.

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research has led this nationwide initiative since 2007.

The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and after more than a decade of data collection, researchers are seeing trends change over time. The challenge now is to keep going and to collect as much information as possible.

When to count - Saturday, 26 June – Sunday, 4 July…

Grab your whānau, your friends, your aunties, your nan and her favourite uncle from next door – it’s time to head into the garden (or a marae or local park) for one hour on any day during survey week.

How to take part…

Visit the NZ Garden Bird Survey website to get started and download a tally sheet.

Select a garden, marae, local park or school grounds.

Choose any ONE day between 26 June and 4 July, 2021.

Look and listen for birds on that day for ONE hour.

For each species, record the HIGHEST number seen or heard at one time.

Submit the results online at the NZ Garden Bird Survey website - a link to the survey form will go live on the home page from the 27th June.