Q: I want to count kererū, how can I add my observation?
A: We have 3 ways for you to take part in this year’s count.
- For a “Quick observation” with no log-in required please go here: Click Here to Start Counting
- If you are keen and want to track all your observations observations or upload photos you have taken of Kererū we have setup a project on NatureWatch NZ called “Great Kereru Count 2017”. Once you have logged in and joined the project, you can add as many observations and photos as you like.
- Download the iNaturalist app for iPhone or Android to add your observations to Nature Watch on the go (time and location will be captured automatically by the app).
- See our “How to add your Count” page for more information
Q: What is the difference between a “timed survey” and a “chance observation”?
A: Timed surveys provide more informative data than chance observations.
- In a timed survey, you decide in advance to spend between 5 and 30 minutes looking for kererū. This can be done while standing at a bus stop, walking to work, during a lunch-break or a tramp into the bush. In fact, the more varied the locations and habitats surveyed the better. Count how many kererū you see in that time period (including “zero” if you don’t see any) and enter that number. For more information see the FAQs below.
- A chance observation is everything else, e.g. when you see a kererū but you weren’t doing a timed survey.
Q: Should I keep recording the same bird many times in one day?
A: Not if you are making a chance observation.
- Try not to knowingly record the same bird in the same place more than once a day. However, if you are doing multiple timed surveys in the same place, then it is OK to report a bird more than once (see next question below).
Q: How many timed surveys should I do in the same place in the same day?
A: We recommend a maximum of three timed surveys in the same location in any single day.
- If you are performing multiple timed surveys at the same location in the same day, then leave a gap of at least half an hour between repeat surveys. If you can do more than three timed surveys in one day that’s great, – but try to vary the location of timed surveys done in the same day by at least 200m.
Q: Should I repeat the location(s) of timed surveys on successive days?
A: Yes, this is perfectly fine.
- Please answer the optional questions for each timed survey you do, even if this means repeating your answers from a previous day.
Q: . How long should a timed survey be?
A: Any time period between 5 and 30 minutes is perfect.
- We recommend a maximum of 30 minutes for timed surveys done while walking so that each survey can be related to a reasonably localised area. If you are out and about for a long time then multiple surveys of 30 minutes each are ideal, but time intervals greater than 30 minutes can be used when it is awkward to keep track of time.