Volunteer News 12th September

Kia ora kotou,

This email contains:

1. Latest and forthcoming sessions

2. Kōkako korero - chapter 3

3. Trap catch data

4. New Tui car

5. Tom White memorial

6. Ark session calendar

Celebrating Māori language week - Te wiki o te reo Māori

Pānui hari!


ARK IN THE PARK Volunteer Co-Ordinator

1. Latest and forthcoming sessions

Despite the wet conditions, we had a good turn out at the volunteer sessions last week, which means that the baiting is on track. Thank you to all of you, baiters and trappers, who don't fear the torrential rain - or hail! Last Friday, on a surprisingly fine day, we hosted a group from Eli Lilly. They helped us with weeding along the stream which runs along Falls Road. They all enjoyed the chance to put their gumboots on!

Again this week, we will focus on baiting in the R,F and W blocks. Metservice forecasts another dose of ua (rain) and hau (wind)!

As a reminder to the line owners, this second stage of the baiting round is to be completed by the 23rd of September (F, R, K, Gleeson, D, and W blocks).

There will be a volunteer session this Thursday, on the 14th of September, meeting at 8:30am at the ranger station. There will be another session on Saturday, the 16th of September, starting at 8:45am 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 or have an unexpected change of plans it's best that you leave a message on our phone 09 810 7014.

2. Kōkako korero - chapter 3

Week three of the kōkako census was a very successful one with the number of confirmed founders doubling from seven to fourteen, well done team!

This week the survey was carried out in AWN, D and W blocks.

Aumangea and his partner Thurley were spotted along the Gleeson access line and Karen and Sylvain were confirmed in their long held territory in the D block.

During one outing down Cutty Grass track the team were able to identify 3 pairs! That is, Pierre and Sophie, Marty & Unbanded and the super breeders Maurice and Kowhai.

Photo: Ataahua, confirmed in week 1 of the census, clasps a leaf in her claw while showing off her bands (Grant Capill).


Founders: 14

Unbanded: 9

3. Trap catch data

Thank you to all the trappers for reporting their catches (or no catch) after each run. Also thank you to Maurice Colgan for recording them and making the graphs below.

Please note the difference of scales in the two graphs. Different scales are used to highlight the monthly differences in rat numbers caught. If the same scales were used the differences in the internal catches would be difficult to detect, due to much lower catch numbers in the core of the Ark area.


10 in July

0 in August

4. New Tui car

The Ark’s current car is nearing retirement age and fortunately an opportunity came along for us to adopt the car formerly belonging to the Auckland Forest and Bird office. We are very grateful for this donation.

The new Tui has a fancy themed paint job as you can see below!

Both of these cars are now available for volunteers to use.

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