Saturday, 23 June 2007

Garden Bird Survey

New Zealand Garden Bird Survey Pilot Study, 14-22July, 2007

Eric Spurr of Landcare Research is coordinating pilot studies for a national
Garden Bird Survey. This is the start of a more comprehensive bird
monitoring scheme initiated by Landcare that will include spring breeding
birds, and water birds, as well as garden birds. The survey format is
simple, easy to use and fun. The objective is to monitor common garden bird
population trends and distribution over the years with as wide a coverage of
NZ as possible. The method is; record the highest number of each bird
species seen, heard or flying over, at any one time during one hour from a
fixed observation point looking over a section of your garden. If you are
keen to take part this season then the library has copies of the data record
forms and full instructions or they can be downloaded from
www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biocons/gardenbird/. The results will be
published on the Landcare website.

The Effect of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary on Birds in your Garden, August 2007

Next month we want to carry out the first measurement to assess the effect
of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary on birds in our gardens. The technique will be
similar to the Landcare survey and we want to have people taking part from
all around the sanctuary. For more information contact Michael Fay at
4822806 or e-mail: mikeandvalfay@paradise.net.nz.

by Valerie and Mike Fay

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