Monitoring birds is one of the best ways to review the health of the ecosystem your group is working on. Bird monitoring can be recorded periodically, for example, once or twice per season. This can be done by simply recording which species are seen or heard during an hour while remaining in the same place. Another, more robust, method is the 5 minute bird count. This is the most widely-used method. It is simple and effective for recording species presence/absence and abundance at sites. It is important to ensure that everyone participating in this is aware of the correct methods (which are described in full on the Department of Conservation website).
For information on bird identification resources and training:
Website to find information about birds in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Birds Online website was created by Te Papa, the Ornithological Society of NZ and DOC. It is a searchable encyclopaedia of New Zealand birds.
You can find detailed information about all 457 species of New Zealand birds, both living and extinct. The database is searchable by name, conservation status, and geographical distribution.
Explore the site to read expert-written texts, listen to sound files of bird calls, and browse more than 6,500 photographs (most of which are not available elsewhere).
SRARNZ NZ Lizards Conservation Toolkit - see section two
iNaturalist NZ is a quick way to get identifications of any organism through the add observations, photo upload and ‘ID Please’ facility.