Bird survey to collect biodiversity data

Opportunity for you to get on board.

Opportunity for you to get on board.

KERERU: This one is pictured taking a drink on Titirangi. Keep your eyes on birds during the national bird survey. Picture by Liam Clayton

A NATIONAL bird survey this week is encouraging you to take part in building a picture of birdlife across New Zealand.

The survey is run by Landcare Research from June 24 to July 2 and is supported by Gisborne District Council to increase biodiversity data in the region.

It involves recording the different bird species and can be done in backyards, schools or local parks.

“This is a great science project families and individuals can get involved in,” said the council’s acting environmental services and protection director Lois Easton.

“Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment and many people across the country get involved in the survey each year.

“We have a serious lack of any biodiversity data in our region. It would be great if we could raise awareness and get local people participating.”

The survey will measure trends like increasing or decreasing populations, number and types of species and localities.
It will provide valuable information on the presence of bird species across Tairawhiti.

Council revegetation and biodiversity projects could benefit from the data and improve knowledge in planning habitats for native birds and animals.

“The more we know about which bird species are present and where they are, the more we can do to help to protect and restore these birds and their habitat,” Ms Easton said.

“In doing this survey you will be helping collect valuable data which can then be used to work towards bringing majestic native birds back into our city.

A NATIONAL bird survey this week is encouraging you to take part in building a picture of birdlife across New Zealand.

The survey is run by Landcare Research from June 24 to July 2 and is supported by Gisborne District Council to increase biodiversity data in the region.

It involves recording the different bird species and can be done in backyards, schools or local parks.

“This is a great science project families and individuals can get involved in,” said the council’s acting environmental services and protection director Lois Easton.

“Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment and many people across the country get involved in the survey each year.

“We have a serious lack of any biodiversity data in our region. It would be great if we could raise awareness and get local people participating.”

The survey will measure trends like increasing or decreasing populations, number and types of species and localities.
It will provide valuable information on the presence of bird species across Tairawhiti.

Council revegetation and biodiversity projects could benefit from the data and improve knowledge in planning habitats for native birds and animals.

“The more we know about which bird species are present and where they are, the more we can do to help to protect and restore these birds and their habitat,” Ms Easton said.

“In doing this survey you will be helping collect valuable data which can then be used to work towards bringing majestic native birds back into our city.

Find out about the survey at the Landcare Research website or pick up a copy from the council’s customer services at 39 Gladstone Road and Te Puia Springs.

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