New Zealand Journal of Ecology (2012) 36(3): 279- 286

eBird and avifaunal monitoring by the Ornithological Society of New Zealand

Review Article
R. Paul Scofield *,1
Derek Christie 2
Paul M. Sagar 3
Brian L. Sullivan 4
  1. Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
  2. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Private Bag 12001, Tauranga 3143, New Zealand
  3. NIWA Christchurch, PO Box 8602, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  4. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
*  Corresponding author

Since the Ornithological Society of New Zealand (OSNZ) was founded in 1939 its primary objective has been the collection and dissemination of information on New Zealand’s birds. For 70 years the Society has maintained databases on all aspects of the behaviour, population sizes and movements of New Zealand’s avifauna. This paper summarises what information members of the OSNZ collect and curate and discusses an Internet initiative (eBird) the Society has recently put in place to allow members to record observations and give researchers easy access to these data.