Pacific Golden Plovers are the fourth most common Arctic migrants to visit New Zealand for our summer. But their numbers are falling fast. In the first 10 years of census counts, in 1960-69, an average of just over 46 a
There was bad news – but possibly also a silver lining – from Australasian Bittern researcher Emma Williams when she addressed the mid-winter potluck dinner: bitterns, she told members, were about to be upgraded from ‘nationally endangered’ to ‘nationally critical’.
The Red-necked Stint is often overlooked because it is our smallest Arctic migrant about the size of a sparrow. But, as Rachel Hufton reports, it is well worth looking for. Amid the magnificent flocks of Bar-tailed Godwits, Red Knots and
The number of Pacific Golden Plover seen at Pūkorokoro-Miranda this summer may be the most ever recorded here, a development which will hopefully help inspire more research on where they come from, writes Jim Eagles. As we wandered from
If you are familiar with the natural features of the Pukorokoro Miranda coast and you are remembering your visits here, what is the first image that springs to mind? The shell banks per.haps? The massed flocks of godwits and what
PMNT’s groundbreaking work to locate – and consequently seek to protect – the roosts around the Yellow Sea vital to our migratory shorebirds has just taken two huge steps forward. One team of observers has just returned from North Korea
For several years now PMNT has been involved in shorebird surveys in the Yellow Sea region, but this year’s work took on a slightly different angle. As well as completing bird counts, we wanted to try to answer the
Here’s our press release for more details. This is how the day went. [View the story “NZ and China agree to protect migratory birds” on Storify]
More information on the Nature Journaling and Print making courses are now available on our courses page. We still hope to be running a photography course later in the year. Watch this space.
Eminent Dutch biologist and ecologist Professor Theunis Piersma returns to New Zealand for our final Year of the Godwit events. Author and co-author of hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and other publications, Theunis leads a global team of researchers unravelling the