About New Zealand Bird Atlas

Photo by Dan Burgin

Aotearoa is a land of birds, with iconic taonga species such as kiwi, kākāpō and tūī contributing to our national identity. Birds are therefore an integral part of our identity, and are intrinsic in mana whenua and kaitiakitanga.

20 years have passed since the last Birds New Zealand Bird Atlas scheme was completed, and we are at a crossroads, a time of unprecedented change with our bird life in a desperate situation. A myriad of threats are pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Our endemic birds are being forced into the remote back country, or predator free offshore island nature reserves.

For the first time in the history of the Birds NZ Atlas scheme, in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the New Zealand Bird Atlas will be a digital first project with checklists being submitted directly into the eBird app or eBird website. eBird offers real-time data entry and outputs, so you’ll be able to follow along with results throughout the five year scheme.

This ground breaking project will become the go-to authority on the state of New Zealand birds providing up to the minute data that will guide and influence national and local government conservation policy planning for decades to come. New Zealand Bird Atlas provides every New Zealander the chance to help our unique bird species.

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There are five basic steps to Atlasing. Create a free eBird account if you don’t already have one.
Atlasing is fun and easy. It is also something that you’ve probably already been doing without knowing it!
Everything you need to conduct surveys can be found below! Handbook This is a comprehensive guide containing background on the NZ Bird Atlas, survey guidelines including how to collect and submit data, and much more fantastic information.
Having trouble identifying birds? We’ve summarised some of the best resources below to help you at whatever level you are.
To highlight some of our amazing Atlasers we plan on occasionally posting short profiles to let everyone get to know some of you a bit better. Check out some of our profiles below!
Everything related to news and media for the New Zealand Bird Atlas…   Social Media Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to share your stories, photos, and videos, ask questions, and discover Atlas events happening near you. Newsletter Sign up for the NZ Bird Atlas newsletter.
During the lockdown we hosted  live Webinars that were free to participate in via Zoom. They ran every Friday at 1300 (NZ time) for 4 weeks starting Friday 3rd April.