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  • The Garden Bird survey is New Zealand’s longest running citizen science project!

    Join the Garden Bird survey researchers from Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Dr Angela Brandt and Dr Gradon Diprose in a session where we:

    • unpack how your class can participate – it’s super easy!
    • find out from the researchers why the survey is important and what happens to the data you collect
    • get access to lots of free New Zealand based digital resources on birds, identification and more.

    This session supports all educators. The content covered links to multiple curriculum strands and provides opportunities for meaningful literacy and numeracy learning. The survey is an example of an investigation approach and the previous years’ infographics are great for discussing communication in science.

    Thank you, very excited.


    Find Te Tatauranga o ngā Manu Māra o Aotearoa – The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey resources here.

    So, give your students the opportunity to participate and contribute to the knowledge of our bird populations. Be part of making New Zealand's birds count!

    You can download the video and slideshow presentation.

    Thanks so much, I will certainly check this out!



    Slideshow number(s)

    Video timecode

    Introducing the Science Learning Hub



    Purpose and Index



    Introducing our researchers



    What is the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey?



    Why do the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey?



    What happens to the data and results and participant questions



    What support is there for schools?



    Competitions, final messages and keep in touch



    Related content

    Our PLD article New Zealand Garden Bird Survey – a context for learning houses many of our resources related to the Garden Bird survey.

    We feature the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey as one of the many citizen science projects we profile. The article Planning for your students to be citizen scientists is full of great advice for using online citizen science in your classroom.

    The Ministry of Education’s Connected series includes the following articles and teacher support material: The takeaway table, What Alice saw, Keep your cat inside and Bringing back the birdsong.

    Activity ideas

    The Garden Bird Survey website contains previous years’ infographics. This type of visual representation has literacy components that students may need support to understand. Using infographics helps students understand the ways in which infographics present information. It also includes a simple framework for creating an infographic.

    Why not connect online with a class in a different part of Aotearoa and compare results?

    Useful links

    You can find Te Tatauranga o ngā Manu Māra o Aotearoa – The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey resources here.

    New Zealand Garden Bird Survey results are shared on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

    Do a garden bird survey and earn a Kiwi Guardians medal for becoming a Manu Monitor.

    New Zealand Birds Online provides additional support for bird identification.


    Thank you to Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Dr Angela Brandt and Dr Gradon Diprose.

      Published 13 June 2023 Referencing Hub articles
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