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NEW DATE – MARCH 21st

On Sunday March 21st, join us for Migration Day – a chance to celebrate the amazing birds whose awe-inspiring journey of over 25,000 kilometres, from New Zealand to the Arctic and back, is about to begin once again.

Come see the birds – godwits, red knots and more – before they go, learn about how they prepare for their migration, and enjoy spotting the changes in plumage and body condition that they are currently undergoing.

What: Migration Day

When: Sunday March 21st

Where: The Shorebird Centre and the Robert Findlay Wildlife Reserve

Cost: Free

At the Shorebird Centre :

9am onwards: Browse our information displays and bookshop, check out our second hand book sale of birding and nature titles.

11am: Presentation from Dr Oksana Borowik – scientist, educator, documentary maker, bee keeper and conservationist. Followed by Auckland Welsh Choir performance of “Journey of the Kuaka”.

At the Robert Findlay Wildlife Reserve:

12pm-4pm – Bird watching with Shore Guides on hand to help you identify and learn about the birds.


May

AGM – Sunday 16 May, 11am followed by Presentation by Lynn Miller

Lynn Miller from Bird Rescue, Green Bay recently returned to New Zealand after several years in the US and Canada and will be speaking about her work. She has formidable qualifications and experience as a bird vet and is a huge asset to local bird rescue work.


June

The Big Pūkorokoro Planting Weekend – 26-27 June

Last winter, we planted an epic 11,000 native seedlings on the wetlands at Pūkorokoro! A big thank you to HELP who donated plants, to the DOC Community Fund that paid for plants, fencing and equipment, and to our awesome volunteers who raised additional plants in the nursery, and got stuck in on planting day.

In the months since we’ve been busy in the nursery, propagating more plants that will top up those we will purchase with this year’s allocation of DOC funding. By June the plants will be ready and we’ll need lots of helpers to get them in the ground.

If you’d like to get involved, keep an eye on our Facebook page for details or drop us a line: annandrayb@gmail.com to register your interest.


The 2021 NZ Bird Conference – 5-7 June

The 2021 NZ Bird Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Birds New Zealand will be held at the War Memorial Civic Centre in Thames from  5 to 7 June 2021 (Queens Birthday Weekend). Early registrations will close on 28 February.

The conference will comprise two days of scientific presentations and six field trip options. Registration and programme details are available here


Firth of Thames Wader Census – Sunday 20 June

If you would like to help us collect data on wader numbers please register your interest by contacting Tony Habraken at 09 238 5284 or aahabraken@gmail.com


August

Working Bee, followed by Pot Luck Dinner and Quiz Night – Saturday 14 August


October

Migration Day – Sunday 10 October


November

Firth of Thames Wader Census – Sunday 7 November

Click here for this years courses