Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Garden bird survey

This year's survey: 24 June - 2 July 2017

Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment, and to help us discover and learn more about NZ garden birds, participate in this citizen science project. Learn more about the NZ Garden Bird Survey here - there are lots of new activities and resources to keep everyone entertained.

Sit for ONE hour, and look and listen for birds.
Doing the survey

All you need to know to take part: how to do the survey, submit your observations and identify birds.

Why take part - your contribution matters

Find out why you should take part in the NZ Garden Bird Survey

Feathered fun

Activities, masks, competitions, video clips and more

Get social

Find us on social media and share photos and stories about the birds in your garden, as well as to receive news and results.

Resources for schools
Resources for schools

Activities and resources for schools - NZ Garden Bird Survey

The Garden Bird Survey
The story so far

The story so far for 16 common garden visitors: see what we have learnt from the 25,000+ gardens surveyed by volunteers since 2007.

Discover and learn

Keep everyone entertained: Bird colouring sheets, activities for schools, feeding birds and learning more about garden birds in New Zealand and overseas.

Behind the scenes

Converting bird count data into a meaningful summary can be tricky. Explore some challenges being tackled behind the scenes.


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