It will operate along similar lines to the nationally run Garden Bird Survey which is carried out each year by Landcare Research. You are welcome to also pass the information that you collect locally on to the national survey as well. http://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz.
The national survey is held from Saturday 25th June to Sunday 3rd July 2016, so we will carry out a local garden bird survey in this same time period.
Taking part is easy; spend just 1 hour (yes, just 1 hour!) sometime within the time period 25th June to 3rd July 2016, looking for birds in your garden. For each species you detect, record the largest number that you see (or hear) at the same time. Please count, not just tick the species you observe. You will find the Garden Bird Survey form as a loose page with the Newsletter, to fill in and return.
If you need help with bird identification the on line Garden Bird Survey web site will help.
Please fill in the survey form that is with this copy of the “Lake Okareka Newsletter” and either drop it back or post it to 2 Pryce Road, Lake Okareka, RD5, Rotorua 3076 before the end of July 2016.
We look forward to receiving your replies. We will print the results of the local Garden Bird Survey in a later edition of the Lake Okareka Newsletter.
Landcare Okareka Steering Committee