Project Window Strike

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Why Project Window Strike?

Through Kererū Discovery we receive many stories about kererū hitting windows, and requests for help when people come across kererū injured from flying into glass. These are incredibly distressing stories for all, and even more so as they are potentially avoidable.

We really want to do something about improving our understanding of window strike, and to help prevent unnecessary harm to our native birds. And so, in 2019 we partnered with Global Bird Rescue.

Global Bird Rescue is an annual event hosted by FLAP Canada (Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada is widely recognised as the pre-eminent authority on the bird-building collision issue). Global Bird Rescue uses the Global Mapper to document bird-building collisions across the globe and is part of the FLAP BirdSafe initiative.

BirdSafe provides detail on how and why to keep birds safe from daytime and night time bird-building collision threats for Canadian homes and workplaces (see https://birdsafe.ca/ for lots of helpful information). 2019 saw the release of the Canadian Standards Association’s Bird-Friendly Building Design standard.

One of the products recommended by Birdsafe are window markers by Feather Friendly® who provide a great solution to prevent birds flying into windows for both commercial and residential buildings. These markers provide a relatively affordable and attractive solution which we believe will suit our situation in New Zealand.

Feather Friendly® window markers

Introducing our new global partners in the fight against window strike.
Feather Friendly® window markers https://www.featherfriendly.com are being proven as effective window strike mitigation overseas, and so we are delighted to bring this innovation to New Zealand to help prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries to our native birds.

Feather Friendly® window markers are the best product we have found to help prevent birds from flying into your windows. You can take action to prevent native birds from dying or being injured from flying into your windows.

To view Feather Friendly® window marker case studies please click here

 

The Great Kererū Count 2020 marks 7 years of citizen science by New Zealanders

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The Great Kererū Count 2020 is coming!

The Great Kererū Count is NZ’s biggest citizen science project. This project depends on as many people as possible getting out and about gathering data on kererū. Each year the number of people taking part grows, which shows just how much New Zealanders love kererū. https://www.greatkererucount.nz

Everyone in New Zealand can get involved with the Great Kererū Count. Whether you see any kererū or not, sharing observations will help build up a clearer picture of where kererū live, how many kererū there are or aren’t, what they are feeding on, and most importantly how best to protect them. So far New Zealand citizen scientists have contributed to a total of 49,248 observations. In another few years, Aotearoa will have a statistically robust open-source data set on kererū. This data will be used by scientists at Victoria University of Wellington and elsewhere to improve conservation outcomes for kererū.

Year six of data collecting is about to start with the return of the Great Kererū Count 2019

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The Great Kererū Count 2019 is coming!

The Great Kererū Count is NZ’s biggest citizen science project. This project depends on as many people as possible getting out and about gathering data on kererū. Each year the number of people taking part grows, and last year kererū were voted Bird of the Year, proving just how much New Zealanders love kererū. https://www.greatkererucount.nz

Everyone in New Zealand can get involved with the Great Kererū Count. Whether you see any kererū or not, sharing observations will help build up a clearer picture of where kererū live, how many kererū there are or aren’t, what they are feeding on, and most importantly how best to protect them. So far New Zealand citizen scientists have contributed to a total of 34,961 observations. In another few years, Aotearoa will have a statistically robust open-source data set on kererū. This data will be used by scientists at Victoria University of Wellington and elsewhere to improve conservation outcomes for kererū.

Join the Global Bird Rescue citizen science project

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Global Bird Rescue 2019 - Starting 30/09/19

The Global Bird Collision Mapper is an international bird collision database designed to help better understand where and to what degree collisions are occurring.

Your participation in Global Bird Rescue will not only help demonstrate the magnitude of the problem, it will help inspire further development of effective preventative measures and standards designed to protect bird species.

The Global Bird Collision Mapper (GBCM) is just that! a global citizen science project which starts the day after the Great Kererū Count finishes.  Global Bird Rescue (GBR) is an annual event hosted by FLAP Canada |>Birdsafe that uses the Global Bird Collision Mapper (GBCM) to document bird-building collisions across the globe.

Each year during the first week in October, teams, and individuals take to the streets and to social media to raise awareness about this critical issue. This years’ event is being held from September 30 through October 6, 2019. Global Bird Rescue will bring the issue of bird building collisions into the hands of the public. This week-long event will bring communities together to search for fallen birds in their neighbourhood.

This worldwide project encourages people to search for birds, in the hope to increase the chances of finding live birds sooner, thus increasing their chances for a successful rehabilitation/release.

Using the Global Bird Collision Mapper, participants will be able to report the location, status and species of the birds they recover, including the ability to upload a photo of each bird they report. This citizen science tool will show every collision reported on its interactive GIS map, providing invaluable data for a greater understanding of the bird-building collision issue. Even after the project finishes you can continue to use the Global Bird Collision Mapper for any bird-building collisions you encounter throughout the year.

This will be the first time New Zealand has played a part in this global project which will give an insight into the harm our endemic and native birds face in urban areas. PLEASE join the Global Bird Collision Mapper and give our beautiful birds a voice!

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini

"Success is not the work of one, but the work of many"