Upcoming Events

Saving Southland's Special Species: Kakapo and Takahe Conservation

12 September 2017

SPRING Environmental Lecture Series

Venue: Southern Institute of Technology: B1-10

Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm

Tuesday September 12th: Saving Southland’s Special Species:

Kakapo and Takahe Conservation

Dr Andrew Digby – Science Advisor Kakapo/Takahe, DoC

Past Events

Kea Conservation Trust - Winter Advocacy Tour

24 July 2017

The tour theme this year is The Power of Community. The talk will explore how communities are banding together to save kea. International examples focusing on other species give inspiration.

*Free entry *Hot drinks and nibbles
*Kea koha appreciated!

When: Monday 24 July 2017

Where: Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre

Kea Sightings

Your sightings of kea are important to the Kea Conservation Trust. All sightings are logged in our database and allow us to get a better idea of kea presence and movements across the South Island. In the case of sightings of banded birds, it also provides us with vital information on survival and dispersal of individuals

So if you see a kea when you’re out and about please record it at

Garden Bird Survey

30 June - 2 July 2017

NZ Garden Bird Survey 2017

This is a fun and free activity, its suitable for all ages and better yet, you can do it in your own time.

Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment, by counting the number of birds in your garden or at your restoration project you can help us monitor Southland’s bird populations.


Many of New Zealand’s native birds are threatened or endangered. As a result, our rare birds are monitored intensely. But what’s happening with our more common native and introduced birds? Many of these birds live in our gardens, including the fantail, tui, silvereye, bellbird, and kereru. The annual NZ Garden Bird Survey has been set up to monitor all species. Information collected from the surveys can act as an early-warning system if these bird populations begin to decline.
This is an enormous task, which is why we need your help! New Zealand doesn’t need any more rare and endangered birds.


The next NZ Garden Bird Survey will take place from 24 June - 2 July 2017.

The survey runs for one week each year and can be completed by anyone. You chose one hour during the week that suits you best and simply record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time in your garden.
Tip: If you see 1 blackbird at one time, then see 2 at another time, record this as 2. Do not add them up.

You can find more information and more detailed instructions for participation on the NZ Garden Bird Survey website.
Thank you for your help!

Million dollar mouse project, antipodes

30 May 2017

Autumn Environmental Lecture Series

Tuesday May 30th: Million dollar mouse project, antipodes

islands – an update

Stephen Horn – project co-ordinator, Brian Rance – DoC

Venue: Southern Institute of Technology: B1-10

Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm

Forest & Bird Tautuku Working Weekend

20 - 21 May 2017

Weekend 20/21 May Southland Forest & Bird

Tautuku Working Weekend

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