Volunteer News 12th February

Hi all,

This email contains:

1. Latest and forthcoming sessions

2. Trap catch data

3. Te Tiriti o Waitangi for conservation workshop

4. Kauri Dieback talks at Arataki

5. Ark session calendar

Happy reading!


ARK IN THE PARK volunteer coordinator

Physical address: Cascades Ranger Station

Falls Road, Waitākere

PO Box 95194, Swanson, Auckland 0653

09 810 7014

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

Our post baiting rat monitoring started yesterday and a few lines have already been completed. With this nice summery weather, all the lines will likely be done by the weekend!

The Thursday session will be dedicated to the rat monitoring (deploying or collecting lines) while the Saturday session will be a line maintenance session, with maybe one (difficult) rat monitoring line to collect.

Both sessions will start at 8:30am at the ranger station.

Please let me know if you are coming to either of these sessions. Also please note that if you make a last minute decision (after 5pm) or have an unexpected change of plans it's best that you leave a message on our phone 09 810 7014 rather than email me.

2. Trap catch data

Thank you to all the trappers for your hard work all year round, checking the traps and recording the result of your runs in CatchIT.

The January 2019 graphs for rats and stoats are below (click on the picture to see its enlarged version):


After a peak in December (34 rats versus 23 in November), the January number is back to 21.

Stoats & weasels:

It's stoat season, as expected at this time of the year, with a continuous increase of stoats & weasels: 3 in November, 20 in December and 25 in January.

Also the winning trap with the highest number of catches of any type in January is W15_DOC200, on Whatititri trap line, with 3 hedgehogs.

The winning trap with the highest number of rats caught in January is LR11_DOC200, on Long Road trap line, with 2 rats.

Finally, the winning trap with the highest number of stoats caught in January is SRR8_DOC200, on Remus Roe trap line, with 2 stoats.

On a more serious note, Maurice Colgan used the recorded data in CatchIT to make his internal and peripheral rat catch graphs over 2018 and compared it with the previous years:

Internal catches (traps more than 100m away from the Ark boundaries):

Catches at the Ark's periphery (within 100m of the boundary):

You will note for both graphs the dip in May when the Ark was closed, followed by a peak, when the trapping resumed.

3. Te Tiriti o Waitangi for conservation workshop

The North-West Wildlink Partnership Group is inviting people to:

" Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the Tāmaki Makaurau Conservation Landscape wānanga.

Join us as we explore this in today's context. How can we embody this in the work we do?"

Where: Kelston Community Hub

When: Sunday 24th March, 1-3.30pm

This wānanga will be facilitated by the Department of Conservation. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. To book, please contact pamela@ecomatters.org.nz

4. Kauri Dieback talks at Arataki

For those of you who are interested in the video of the recent talks at Arataki about kauri dieback. It provides some hope in the way of disease resistance!


Note: you don't need a facebook account to view the video.

The next talk of the series is Sunday 10 March – event link here.

5. Ark session calendar

Thursday 14th February, 8:30am volunteer session - rat monitoring

Saturday 16th February, 8:30am volunteer session: line maintenance and possibly rat monitoring

Wednesday 20th February: Auckland Pest Liaison Group meeting, 10am - 12:30pm, Fickling Centre, Three Kings

Thursday 21st February, 8:30am volunteer session

Saturday 23rd February, 8:30am volunteer session

Thursday 28th February, 8:30am volunteer session

Saturday 2nd March: no volunteer session

Thursday 7th march, 8:30am volunteer session

Saturday 9th March, 8:30am volunteer session and induction session

Sunday 10th March, 10am-11:30am, Kauri Science Series, Arataki Center

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