The five-minute bird count technique (5MBC) monitors the abundance of forest birds over time.
The 1.5-day 5MBC course is based on the Dawson and Bull field method. This course uses innovative techniques, such as an online programme and pre-recorded bird calls, to help you identify common forest bird species. The course involves a lot of time in the field undertaking five-minute bird counts.
Monitoring techniques must be applied consistently so that the data collected is accurate and the studies can be replicated over time. That way, we can build a local and national picture of changes and trend. Monitoring is important to show our work is making a positive difference for conservation.
The course is for anyone who works or wants to work or volunteer in conservation, including:
- regional council staff
- members of community groups, trusts and funding recipients.
The course is one of the three Inventory and Monitoring Methods courses. For more information see DOC’s monitoring and reporting system.
If you register for this course we recommended you also register for and complete the Field Skills online course (2 hrs).
A hearing test within the last 5 years is also recommended.
How to enrol
This DOC field skills course is delivered and administered by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in partnership with DOC. For course dates, costs and venues, and how to enrol visit the NMIT website.
Arrangements can be made to hold the course at other venues throughout New Zealand for groups of 8 or more - for more information contact NMIT.