Volunteer News 21st August

Hi all,

This email contains:

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

2. Notes from the NZ Sanctuaries Conference

3. Kōkako korero - chapter 3

4. Trap catch data

5. 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

Have you passed your Safe Kauri Certification quiz?

Remember – you are required to do so before doing fieldwork.

The training consists of:

1. Reading the SOP document: https://tinyurl.com/yapvqgof

2. Viewing a short video which illustrates points described in the SOP: https://youtu.be/-vRYxqs0x8Q

3. Answering an online quiz of 20 questions (you can re sit as many times as needed and all information is contained in the SOP): https://goo.gl/forms/EjNVx5V45n2aLgBG2

4. Upon correctly answering 18 out of 20 questions you will be sent a Safe Kauri Certificate

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

Last week we were in Hamilton for the NZ Sanctuaries Conference (see the summary below). On Saturday, we took advantage of the almost perfect weather to go to the Nihotupu block as one team and re-routed some sections of a line to re-align the stations with our pest control grid. The sausage sizzle afterwards was very much looked forward!

This week, Gillian and I will attend the Kōkako Specialist Group meeting in Pirongia and there won't be any volunteer sessions on Thursday nor Saturday.

The next volunteer sessions will be on the 30th of August and the 1st of September (see the calendar below).

2. Notes from the NZ Sanctuaries Conference

It was good to see lots of Ark faces soaking up the information at last week’s Sanctuaries of NZ (SONZ) conference!

The presentations will be available on the SONZ website soon. For the meantime, you can click here to read some snippets we took from what we heard on the following topics:

Dogs doing good for conservation.


Climate Change

Wildlife corridors

Native species recovery

Soapbox Sessions


3. Kōkako korero - chapter 3

Wet and windy weather has hampered the census this week, however progress has still been made!

Five founder birds have now been identified:

Francis and Zelah, Aumangea and Thurley and Karen.

Karen has been paired with Sylvain for a number of years and together they have fledged several clutches of chicks. So far Sylvain hasn’t been spotted, let's hope he's found soon!

Additionally two unbanded pairs and 1 unbanded sub adult have been identified.

Sylvain – fingers crossed he turns up again! (Photo Mark Darin)

4. Trap catch data

Thank you to all our trappers for their hard work on the field checking our traps and also for reporting their catches in CatchIT. Amongst the 77 or so Ark trappers, only a handful of people have not had the opportunity to use CatchIT (trap lines still closed).

Here are the rat and stoat catches between May and August this year as per recorded in CatchIT

5. Ark session calendar

Thursday 23rd August: No volunteer session

Saturday 25th August: No volunteer session

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

Saturday 1st September, 8:30am, volunteer session

Thursday 6th September, 8:30am, volunteer session

Saturday 8th September, 8:30am, volunteer session and induction session - new volunteers welcome!

Thursday 13th September, 8:30am, volunteer session

Saturday 15th September, 8:30am, volunteer session

Thursday 20th September, 8:30am, volunteer session

Saturday 22nd September, 8:30am, volunteer session

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc. Ark in the Park Project Website. All rights reserved.