Volunteer News 1st August

Hi all,

This email contains:

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

2. Rat trap catches

3. Ark session calendar

Happy reading!


ARK IN THE PARK Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Physical address: Cascades Ranger Station

Falls Road, Waitākere

PO Box 95194, Swanson, Auckland 0653

09 810 7014

Don't forget the Ark's birthday on the 5th of August. See the flyer here.

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

Last week, some of us finished navigating the rat monitoring line for the potential new block opposite to D block, while the others were doing line maintenance in the D block itself.

We will run a first rat monitoring for that line in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile we will do line maintenance again this Thursday. The weather forecast is bad for Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, but it should have cleared by the time the session starts.

Date: Thursday 3rd of August

Time: 8:30am at the ranger station

Next week, Gillian and I will be attending the annual workshop of the sanctuaries of New Zealand. We will be away most of the week.

Welcome to Penny Ireland, Philip La Roche, Steve Sollberger, Ah song Sun Woo & Philip Kwon and Amelia Verrall who joined the Ark in July.

Also thank you to Marilyn Burgess for taking care of the BBQ after the first weekend session of July, before the Ark went into winter mode with no volunteer sessions during the weekend.

2. Rat trap catches

Thank you to all the trappers for regularly reporting your catches and thank you to Maurice Colgan for providing the graphs.

Catches remain within an average range and broadly follow trends of previous years, showing a drop down in winter. However it is interesting to note that the rat monitoring inside the Ark which was held early July showed higher than usual rat presence which is not reflected in this graph.

3. Ark session calendar

Saturday 5th August: Ark's birthday event - no volunteer session

7th to 10th of August: Sanctuaries of New Zealand workshop (SONZ), Banks Peninsula

Thursday 10th August, no volunteer session (SONZ)

Saturday 12th August, volunteer session 8:45am, new baiting round

Thursday 17th August, volunteer session 8:30am, baiting

Saturday 19th August, volunteer session 8:45am, baiting

Wednesday 23rd August, volunteer session 9am: BNZ closed for good, seed collection & baiting

Thursday 24th August: session brought forward to the Wednesday

Saturday 26th August, volunteer session 8:45am, baiting

Thursday 31st August, volunteer session 8:30am, baiting

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