Posted by: kubke | November 26, 2009

Become a citizen scientist this summer!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a scientist?

Well, here is your chance.

We are launching a ‘citizen science’ project, just for fun (since it is almost summer) and because we want to find out whether some rumours we have been hearing about Tui are true or not. We would like New Zealanders of all ages to become citizen scientists this summer and help us collect the data. All you have to do is flick us an email or add a comment on this website when you spot a Tui as you are enjoying the warm summer outdoors. We will analyse the data and tell you all about it at the end of the summer.

The data will be made public, for anyone to use.

So, to become a scientist, all you will need is a pencil and a notepad. There is only one rule: have fun!

To find out more details about the project click here.

To find out more about the New Zealand Tui click here.



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  2. We Have many visits from Tuis that love to feed on all the Flax bushes on our garden.

    • Thank you Glenn. Next time you see a tui, could you provide us with an approximate location date and time? Thanks!

  3. We have a bird-table in Taieri Mouth, Clutha that is regularly visited by families of Tui. So far this summer, we have seen up to six individual birds including a very young one. They love sugared water!

    • They certainly seem to love the sweet water! This is great, Jim. Thanks. If you can, could you send us the time and date when you see them (either at the table or elsewhere)/ Thanks!

  4. Tui on the flax bush. 5 meters from our home at Maymorn. 1030hrs. 30.12.09

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