Supporting Materials

Everything you need to conduct surveys can be found below!


The Handbook is currently under review after a number of major updates to eBird and the Atlas eBird portal have made it very out of date. For now all you need to know and access can be found on the portal. If you need any further assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We will upload a revised Handbook if we see it as beneficial, however for now the help articles on the portal provide a comprehensive guide containing background on the Atlas, best practice survey guidelines including how to collect and submit data, and much more fantastic information.

Mapping Files

You have a few options here:

1 – Use the Atlas Effort Map to explore grid squares and coverage, as well as the Explore regions and species sections to further look at Atlasing effort across the country.

2 – The free Maps.Me app can be downloaded and the NZ Bird Atlas Grid imported into it for reference. You can then use this even when out of cellular service – find out more here.

3 – Users can also see the Atlas grid when they have a ‘live’ checklist, by clicking on the location tab and ‘Map’. You can then see where you are in relation to a grid square’s boundary.

4 – Topographical maps of all grid squares are available for download too.

5 – NEW KML files are now available to show all points for year one and two, for winter, spring, summer, and autumn. These can be imported into Maps.Me, Google Earth or any other mapping programme to then focus your Atlasing effort more to areas not surveyed. If using this, we strongly encourage this to be used in tandem as a supporting tool with the Atlas Effort Map! Remember, just because someone has gone somewhere doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve detected all the possible species.

6 – We also have the Atlas Grid as a GPX file for download too. This can be used for your own personal GPS device or for importing into Outdoor Access Maps.

Landowner Letters

Many of the grid squares may require you to enter or cross private land to complete your data collection. Many landowners are more than happy to accommodate, and you should always have prior permission. The following letter templates should be used to request and thank owners for access.

Landowner Private Access Request Letter Template
Landowner Letter – Thank You Letter

Vehicle Dashboard ID Card

The identification card can be left on your dashboard to identify you when on private land while conducting surveys. Please obey all traffic laws and please respect private property.

Dashboard Card