Some rumours have been raised about the behaviour of tui, which has prompted Matt Halstead, Fabiana Kubke and John Montgomery from the University of Auckland to determine whether these rumours are, in fact, correct.
We are calling on New Zealanders of all ages to become citizen scientists for the summer and help us collect the data.
To avoid bias, we cannot say exactly what we are looking at. But, here is what we would like citizen scientists to do:
If you spot a tui in an area where you can find both a tree and a human-built structure (building, house, shed, park bench, etc), we are asking you to tell us where the tui was perched (on the tree, on the house, on the power line, etc), and to give us the date, time and location of the sighting (town, street names, whatever will let us put it on a map). We will also welcome a brief description of the area (what was the human made structure, are there power lines in the area, etc) and you are welcome to send us pictures of the area as well. (If you send us a picture please let us know if we have permission to post it on the web.)
It is important that the sighting happens where there is both a tree and a human made structure and that we know the date, time and the location of the sighting.
Please post the information you gather as a comment on this blog, or you can email us at popscinz[at]gmail.com. You can post as many times as you want!
<added Jan 28 2010> You can also text your information at 021 109 6727 (no voice mail please)
<added Jan 28 2010> You can look at the data on the spreadsheet in google docs. Feel free to analyse, play around and tell us what you think.
Matt Halstead, John Montgomery and Fabiana Kubke will analyse the data and it will all be revealed at the end of the summer or when enough reliable data has been collected.
Thank you for your participation and have fun!