As we move into the summer season, we begin to get clearer indications of areas that have received little or no survey effort since the Atlas began on the 1st June. There are areas we all knew wouldn’t receive a lot of data due to their remoteness, however we’ve been impressed with the hard work put in by Atlas participants so far with 56.5% of the Atlas grid squares having data in them already. We’re really keen for people to continue submitting data in their favourite spots, however we’d also encourage Atlasers to be looking to fill in gaps and assist other regions gather data for remote areas. Even if a square is highlighted in yellow on the Effort Map, it may only have one checklist submitted to it, and so needs more effort to survey the multitude of habitats in the square. In light of this, we’ve rounded up a brief list of five areas that need attention for each region. So, with summer holidays and adventures coming up, what better way to not only have a holiday but also contribute to the Atlas!
In many grid squares, it will be possible to access examples of all major habitat types from publicly accessible locations such as roads, walking tracks, parks and reserves. In some cases, however, the only examples of particular habitats within a grid square may be on private land and you may need to walk in quite some distance. If this is the case, you must always seek access permission from the landowner before attempting to access that habitat. Please remember that when you are interacting with landowners, you will be representing Birds New Zealand and the New Zealand Bird Atlas project so please remain courteous and respectful in all of your communication.
Pick as many as you can from the list below, and input as many complete checklists in those squares as you can! This isn’t a comprehensive list by any means and was current for the end of the spring season so may have changed slightly, but ultimately it is meant to help provide some ideas and guidance on areas to focus on during these summer months and beyond. Have fun!
BAY OF PLENTY
Nelson has data in all 7 of it’s grid squares HOWEVER areas with very little data include: