New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

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Patrick Crowe
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New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

Postby Patrick Crowe » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:13 am

As many of you may have seen through other sources (Birds New Zealand magazine, Facebook), Birds New Zealand will be launching a new bird atlas project commencing on June 1st 2019.

We have decided to start this forum thread as a means for people that are not active on Facebook to become involved and to get updates as the project progresses.

This Atlas will be the third of its kind and the first one for over 20 years. This project will provide a detailed, national-scale assessment of the state of all of New Zealand’s birds. Data collected from the Atlas project will help to guide local and central government conservation for the next 20 years. A significant aspect of the upcoming Atlas will be the use of eBird (https://ebird.org/newzealand/home) as the primary recording platform. Although this won’t be the sole recording option - with other web and paper based options available - it is the preferred. eBird has a user-friendly app that is available for free download on Android and iPhone.

Keep an eye on this forum for regular updates. New Zealand Bird Atlas also has a website https://birdatlas.co.nz/ which will be up and running soon.

And if you haven’t already, please like and follow the project on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NZBirdAtlas/

We look forward to providing more updates soon as well as hearing from the BirdingNZ community.

Patrick Crowe, Nikki McArthur and Mike Bell.
lloydesler
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Re: New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

Postby lloydesler » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:06 pm

I hope the new scheme is going to be compatible with inaturalist as I use this instead of ebird and there are a huge number of bird records posted there. Lloyd Esler
Patrick Crowe
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Re: New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

Postby Patrick Crowe » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:15 am

Hi Lloyd

Unfortunately the answer to your question is no.

While we agree that iNaturalist has some value by including "not just bird observations", the way that eBird captures and stores data makes it a much more fitting choice for the New Zealand Bird Atlas project. There are already several other atlas projects around the world that used (or have used) eBird. It is also the chosen platform for recording bird observations by Birds New Zealand.

We hope that you will consider taking part of the Atlas project through the use of eBird! :)
Patrick Crowe
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Re: New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

Postby Patrick Crowe » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:03 am

A set of informative tutorials on using eBird are available here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... igngO5iC18

Videos range from the basics of starting an account and submitting checklists to exploring the myriad of data that eBird has to offer.
Patrick Crowe
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Re: New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

Postby Patrick Crowe » Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:40 am

The Atlas will provide the best indication of how a wide range of NZ’s endemic birds are faring, including banded dotterels/Tuturiwhatu. Many endemics have a highly restricted distribution, with some species only found in one or two regions, and one in three is not far off from following the same fate as species like huia and moa. For all those species which are neither common, nor rare enough to be receiving conservation attention, the Atlas provides the best opportunity to measure their population trends and ultimately provide a sound, solid, scientific basis to lobby for the urgent protection of both birds, and their habitats. With online resources you can help raise the profile of rarities, as well as see where best to observe them in their natural habitat. Check out our “Species Maps & Exploring Regions” video on YouTube (link on previous post) to see how your observations will be used in the database.

Join us to assist those declining populations to get the help they need, and with your help we can determine which regions of the country have the highest bird biodiversity through the NZ Bird Atlas.
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