For those who want to join the fun and help make a difference, The Great Kereru Count 2019 is coming!
The Great Kereru Count is NZ’s biggest citizen science project and depends on as many people as possible getting out and about gathering data on kereru.
Each year the number of people taking part grows, and last year kereru were voted Bird of the Year, proving just how much New Zealanders love them.
The Great Kereru Count takes place from September 20 – 29 and everyone in New Zealand can get involved.
Whether you see any kereru or not, sharing observations will help build up a clearer picture of where kereru live, how many kereru 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 kereru. This data will be used by scientists at Victoria University of Wellington and elsewhere to improve conservation outcomes for kereru.
The difference between a kereru and a rock pigeon.
This year there are three options available with multiple ways to make your kereru observations – computer, laptops, tablets and smart phones are all ways you can get your observations into The Great Kereru Count website.