How to guide & eBird video tutorials
New Zealand Bird Atlas data can be collected anywhere, from your back garden, local park, farmland, native forests to the mountain tops. This is an exciting project that we want all New Zealanders to participate in and to help make it as easy as possible we have created a number of ‘How to’ videos and an Atlas Handbook:
GPS device help
With some 3,200 grid squares to cover, many of you may utilise your own GPS devices or mobile apps to help you locate and access the hard to reach locations. The following downloads provide you with the New Zealand Bird Atlas grid that you can load on your own device.
Private land access
Many of the grid squares may require you to enter or cross private land to complete your data collection. Many landowners are more than happy to accommodate, and you should always have prior permission. The following letter templates should be used to request and thank owners for access. The identification card can be left on your dashboard to identify you when on private land.
The most exciting aspect of a digital first Atlas is that in real time you can explore the data as it comes in. Including species distribution maps and viewing Atlas survey effort; all via the New Zealand Bird Atlas eBird website.
Other data entry
While this edition of the atlas is a digital first project, we understand some of you still love collecting analogue notes. So to help you collect data we have provided a field data sheet (with instructions) and a Microsoft Excel template. Once completed these can then be entered into the eBird Atlas website or sent to the Atlas team.