Citizen scientists needed for Bird Atlas update

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Keen “birders” Grant Vincent (left) and Geoff Foreman are hoping to see plenty of fellow enthusiasts at a meeting tomorrow night about a citizen science project to update the New Zealand Bird Atlas. The commonly-used resource is well out of date and needs backyard bird watchers to help to map the distribution and abundance of this country’s birds. The meeting is at Tairawhiti Environment Centre at 386 Palmerston Road from 7pm. Picture by Paul Rickard

If you like birds and science, there is a project that needs your help.

Gisborne residents of all ages are encouraged to attend a meeting tomorrow night about the latest “citizen science” project — an update of the New Zealand Bird Atlas, which has not been done for 20 years.

The five-year nationwide project will focus on the absence and presence of birds to answer the question “what is happening to this particular environment?”

The focus of the meeting at Tairawhiti Environment Centre from 7pm is to learn about the project.

Senior ecologist and keen “birder” Nikki McArthur, of Blenheim, will be guest speaker.

She needs people to collect information about every kind of bird in New Zealand.

It is something people of any age can do using a pen and paper, or uploading data direct to an app or the website eBird.

Nikki McArthur, who works for Birds New Zealand and Wildlife Management International Limited, will speak on behalf of the National Atlas Team.

She will be encouraging other birders to act as “citizen scientists” by collecting and sharing high-quality bird monitoring data.

Other birders keen to see people at the meeting and involved in the project include Gisborne/Wairoa regional representative for Birds New Zealand Geoff Foreman and Forest and Bird Gisborne branch chairman Grant Vincent.

Mr Foreman’s interest in birds began as a seven-year-old growing up close to a woodland in Essex, England.

Mr Vincent’s interest piqued in science class at Lytton High School, in particular a trip to Gray’s Bush.

Information collected for the atlas will provide up-to-the-minute data to guide and influence national and local government conservation policy planning for decades to come.




If you like birds and science, there is a project that needs your help.

Gisborne residents of all ages are encouraged to attend a meeting tomorrow night about the latest “citizen science” project — an update of the New Zealand Bird Atlas, which has not been done for 20 years.

The five-year nationwide project will focus on the absence and presence of birds to answer the question “what is happening to this particular environment?”

The focus of the meeting at Tairawhiti Environment Centre from 7pm is to learn about the project.

Senior ecologist and keen “birder” Nikki McArthur, of Blenheim, will be guest speaker.

She needs people to collect information about every kind of bird in New Zealand.

It is something people of any age can do using a pen and paper, or uploading data direct to an app or the website eBird.

Nikki McArthur, who works for Birds New Zealand and Wildlife Management International Limited, will speak on behalf of the National Atlas Team.

She will be encouraging other birders to act as “citizen scientists” by collecting and sharing high-quality bird monitoring data.

Other birders keen to see people at the meeting and involved in the project include Gisborne/Wairoa regional representative for Birds New Zealand Geoff Foreman and Forest and Bird Gisborne branch chairman Grant Vincent.

Mr Foreman’s interest in birds began as a seven-year-old growing up close to a woodland in Essex, England.

Mr Vincent’s interest piqued in science class at Lytton High School, in particular a trip to Gray’s Bush.

Information collected for the atlas will provide up-to-the-minute data to guide and influence national and local government conservation policy planning for decades to come.




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M. Rutherford - 4 days ago
There is also a Facebook page "Tairawhiti Birds" to support the NZ Bird Atlas effort.

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