New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

General birdwatching discussion, help with bird identification, and all other things relating to wild birds and birding in NZ that don't fit in one of the other forums.
Patrick Crowe
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Re: New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

Postby Patrick Crowe » Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:10 pm

Hi Everyone,

We hope everyone is well, and of course practising physical distancing taking the necessary precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Birding is a fantastic way to still get out in nature and provides a welcome distraction from everything that is going on.

If you are already participating with the Atlas then we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you and please keep up the awesome work. Your efforts aren’t going unnoticed! For anyone who hasn’t heard of the NZ Bird Atlas, or hasn’t yet felt engaged with it we’d love you to be part of the community. The scheme runs for the next 5 years (1st June 2019 - 1st June 2024), so there’s plenty of time left to get stuck in!

We just wanted to provide a summary of key guidelines to remember when submitting data to the NZ Bird Atlas. We’re actively trying to spread awareness of these guidelines as much as we can, and appreciate you sharing them round and discussing them with other ‘Atlasers’. More information can be found here

In a nutshell the aim for every ‘Atlaser’ is to try detect every possible species within each grid square over each of the four seasons.

When submitting checklists, please ensure they are:

• Complete
- This means listing everything you were able to identify by sight and sound, without intentionally leaving anything out such as introduced species.
- Where possible please try turn an incomplete into a complete checklist by simply listing everything else present
• Giving accurate abundances
- Avoid using X’s next to species and instead give an accurate count (we don’t know if there were 1, 2, 5, 10, 100, 1000 or even more!)
• No less than 5 minutes, no more than an hour or two
• Split into roughly 1km sections
- This reduces likelihood of accidentally crossing major habitat types or grid square boundaries.
- A 5km birding walk can easily be split into five 1 km sections.
• Submitted to the NZ Bird Atlas portal
- Ensure NZ Bird Atlas is selected as your portal on the app
- Submit online records to the NZ Bird Atlas eBird portal
*** This is important as it allows the Effort Map ( to be updated in real time. We can then see what squares are in need of more data and target our efforts.
- If you have been submitting your checklists to the global eBird or NZ eBird portal, you can go back and change the portal on them without having to delete and resubmit. More information here
• Submitted to one Grid Square
- All of your Atlas lists need to include birds from only one square, try not to cross grid square boundaries during travelling checklists.

We want everyone to have as much fun as possible with this Atlas scheme and so there is still a huge amount of freedom in how you survey. However ultimately being a national citizen science project, there needs to be guidelines to keep it as systematic as possible.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to send us a message either on FB or via our email We are here to answer any questions you may have and ultimately support all our participants.

Also if you receive an email from us in regards to your checklists and the guidelines above please don’t take it personally, we are simply trying to encourage all Atlasers to follow these guidelines. This is not only to help increase the resolution of your data over time and space, but also to then increase the quality of the analysis that can then better inform bird conservation over the coming decades. Something close to all of our hearts.

Happy Atlasing and stay safe

NZ Bird Atlas Team
(Mike, Dan, Sam & Pat)
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Re: New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

Postby Clinton9 » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:41 pm

Unfortunately nobody want me to do bird atlas for OSNZ.
Ian McLean
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Re: New Zealand Bird Atlas 2019-2024

Postby Ian McLean » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:05 pm

Clinton9 wrote:Unfortunately nobody want me to do bird atlas for OSNZ.

Clinton9, you don't need to have anyone ask you to do it. Just, set yourself up for it, go out there & do it ! Any atlassing you can do is great, even if it's just in your garden or local park.

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