Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Explaining key issues or concepts our project is addressing.

Why focus on birds?

We have chosen birds because people are interested and actively involved in bird monitoring, concerned about bird conservation issues, and involved in restoring bird populations. Birds are frequently good indicators for overall environmental health.

Māori bird names

Māori bird names provide a unique New Zealand flavour to bird monitoring and reporting. They also help us appreciate the characteristics of birds and their history in the region.

Tui. Image - John Hunt
Number-crunching challenges

Having collected bird count data, the next step is turning that information into a meaningful summary. Here, we illustrate why it is important to get the number-crunching process right, using the Garden Bird Survey as an example.