Atlas handbook & eBird tutorial videos
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:
Atlas grid maps and files
With some 3,200 grid squares to cover, the following links provide you with access to downloadable topographical maps of each New Zealand Bird Atlas grid square that you can take with you into the field, as well as Atlas grid files that you can upload to Google Earth, or to your handheld GPS 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 options
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.