Monitor Bird Life



The number of native birds in our neighbourhood is generally a good indicator of the health of the forest.

During Citizen Science Month, we would like your help to monitor bird life in the Kaipātiki Local Board area.


Get involved by:

Step 1: Learning to identify birds with any of the following:

Step 2: Select a location or a number of locations from either:

  • Our official Pest Free Kaipātiki Bird Monitoring Locations (table below)​

  • Creating your own bird monitoring location in the reserves mentioned in the table below - somewhere off track in the bush is best if possible

  • Creating your own bird monitoring location in your backyard or reserve of interest!

Step 3: Use the Google Maps function on a smart phone to guide you to the correct location:

  • Do this by typing in the Latitude coordinate followed by a comma, then the Longitude one. Don’t forget the negative symbol before the first figure  i.e -36.763540, 174.722960.

Step 4: Create a new bird count location on google maps

  • You can also use the google maps function by clicking and holding a point on the map where you are standing to find the GPS coordinates if you are creating a new bird count location.

Step 5: Tell someone you are heading out

  • Before heading out, always go with a buddy and tell someone where you are headed. Keep safe, respect the bush and don’t trample vegetation and enjoy your experience!

Step 6: Pack yourself:

  • A printed copy of the PFK bird count sheet (one page for each 5MBC)​

  • A pencil and clipboard

  • Binoculars if you have them 

  • A watch or timer

  • Identification guides if necessary

  • Your mobile phone for navigation

  • A pair of cleaned shoes (scrubbed so no visible dirt remains) to put on before entering the forest to prevent the spread of kauri dieback. 

Step 7: Get monitoring!

  • Chose a fine and still day ideally between the hours of 9am-3pm. When you are in your location ready to go:

  • Record the number of birds seen and heard of each species in five minutes. Lay still and quite while doing this, only turning on the spot. 

  • Write down the type of bird i.e fantail, and add a tally scratch whenever you spot or hear one

    • Never knowingly count a bird twice. If you are unsure, count it​

    • Don't do different 5MBC's closer than 200m from one another

    • Approximate the number of any one species if there are too many to count at once (i.e a cluster of waxeye)

  • While filling out your bird count form, consider doodling a little map, like below, to help during your 5MBC’s – similar to the image below. When finished, translate this onto your form.

Step 8: When your time is up, share the results!

  • Scan or take a clear photo of your bird count form, and send to ​

  • Monitor this point every Citizen Science Month in August, or more frequently if you wish. Overtime Pest Free Kaipātiki will be able to share the entire survey data that Citizen Scientists like you have collected!


Citizen Science Challenge!

Pest Free Kaipātiki Chair Jo Knight has set four official photography challenges. If you are the first person to take a photo of the following species in Kaipātiki local board area, and email it to us or post it on facebook and tag us in @pestfreekaipatiki you can win a native New Zealand tree. The challenge will remain open until we can verify a photo.

Kākā (FOUND!)                                                                                                    Miromiro (North-Island Tomtit)  (FOUND!) 

Kārearea (New Zealand Falcon) (FOUND!)                                                   Pekapeka (New Zealand Bat)


Get involved so that we can make Kaipātiki Citizen Science Month the biggest Citizen Science project in Auckland!

Register your interest in Citizen Science Month.

Download a flyer and distribute to friends, family, colleagues and community organisations to help us promote Citizen Science Month.

Example bird diagram.jpg
NZ falcon male (L) and female (R).jpg
Tomtit male credit James McMillan.JPG
Kaka on kowhai.jpg
Kereru 1.jpeg

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