This vitally important initiative has been running for fourteen years now, the ‘citizen science’ approach helping scientists at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research track how our country’s bird populations have changed over time.
Each year the results have been interesting and those from 2019 proved no different. Last year saw the trend of rising populations for pīwakawaka, tūī and kererū continue, with some evidence that bellbirds were doing well too. Some introduced species, such as the song thrush, goldfinch and starling, are still continuing to trend downwards.
We’re sure this year will be an eye-opener too. Will the milder start to winter increase bird numbers, or change the species we’ve seen in the past? Will the recent lock down have affected what birds are appearing, and where?
The survey is really very easy to undertake. All you need to do is spend an hour in your backyard (or in a local park or reserve) counting and recording the highest number of each species seen at any one time.
Here are the details:
Visit the Garden Bird Survey website to get started
Select a garden, park or school
Choose any ONE day between 27 June and 5 July.
Look and listen for birds for ONE hour
Use a tally sheet (available on the website) to record for each species the highest number seen or heard at one time