Volunteer News 22nd January

Hi all,

This email contains:

1. Latest and forthcoming sessions

2. Weeding helpers needed

3. Trap line vacancy

4. Waitākere Ranges Regional Park track plan consultation

5. Stall helpers needed for event season

6. About wasps

7. World Wetlands Day - local event

8. Ark session calendar

Happy reading!

Laurence

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

We had another busy week baiting in the Cutty Grass and Nihotupu blocks. Thanks to everyone's extra work, we are down to a couple of lines left, that we plan to have baited by the end of the week! Once the baiting round is complete, we will run a rat monitoring a fortnight later, likely after Waitangi day. Check our upcoming bulletins for further details about the rat monitoring.

Also once the baiting round is finished, we will do line maintenance on access lines and weeding.

This week, there will be only one volunteer session on Thursday the 24th of January, starting at 8:30am at the ranger station. This weekend is Auckland Anniversary weekend and there won't be any volunteer session on Saturday.

Please let me know if you are coming to the Thursday session. 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. Weeding helpers needed

Colleen, our head weed warrior is looking for one or two helpers.

She runs her weeding sessions on Mondays, starting between 8:30am and 9am. Finishing time is usually in the middle of the afternoon.

No experience is required, but it is better to be fit to last the whole day! Regular attendance is also preferred rather than one-offs.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact nature.project@forestandbird.org.nz

3. Trap line vacancy

ASC - Remus Roe trap line has a vacancy. It is a beautiful long loop in the southern Ark, located near Anawhata road and then following Remus Roe stream, back along the west end of Cutty Grass. It takes 3.5 to 4 hours to check the line. It traverses the heart of kōkako and fernbird territory.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact nature.project@forestandbird.org.nz

4. Waitākere Ranges Regional Park track plan consultation

Information from Council:

Auckland Council have worked together with Te Kawerau ā Maki on a proposed track plan for Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.

The track plan outlines which tracks are proposed for future reopening and the Council are seeking community feedback on these and their prioritisation.

The information gathered through this process will assist with the development of a detailed five-year work programme and higher level longer term plan which will take into account community preference, opportunities to “bundle” track work for operational efficiency and resources.

This consultation is now live and will be running through until the 14th of March 2019.

Please follow this link to the online feedback form to have your say here.

The Council are also holding a series of public information evenings and drop-in sessions.

• Info evening:, Piha, Barnett Hall, 7th February 6.30 - 8pm

• Info evening: Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 21st February 6.30 - 8pm

• Drop in session: Huia Community Hall, 23rd February from 1 - 3pm

• Drop in session: Arataki Visitor Centre, 28th February 3 - 6pm

5. Stall helpers needed for event season

Ark in the Park will join a stall with Forest & Bird at a number of upcoming events, for starters we have:

Bethells Community Day (Sunday 27th January)

Matuku Link Open Day (Saturday 2nd February) help especially needed on this day.

Kauri Karnival (Sunday 31st of March)

We’d love to have some more Ark volunteers for each event to share your experience and enthusiasm with visitors. Each shift on the stall is around 2 hours.

If you could help please let Annalily know: annalily@artants.co.nz or 021-2207136 or 8326408. Thanks!

6. About wasps

It is wasp season, so keep your eyes and ears open when you are working in the bush! Also it is recommended to avoid wearing dark colours ...

If you want to learn more about wasps, there is some interesting information about them from Landcare Research:

https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/invertebrates/invasive-invertebrates/wasps

And also a useful list of tips to avoid being stung:

https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/invertebrates/invasive-invertebrates/wasps/first-aid/avoiding-stings

7. World Wetlands Day - local event

Our neighbouring project Matuku Link is celebrating World Wetlands Day on Saturday 2nd February from 10 – 3pm.

With food, music and stalls with local info and produce and guided walks and talks, it will be a fun way to engage with the wetland and see the progress on the nursery and Wetland Education Centre. All welcome!

More info here: http://matukulink.org.nz/2019/01/02/open-day-for-wwd/

8. Ark session calendar

Thursday 24th January, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting / line maintenance

Saturday 26th January: Auckland Anniversary weekend, no volunteer session

Monday 28th January: Auckland Anniversary Day

Thursday 31st January, 8:30am volunteer session: line maintenance

Saturday 2nd February, 8:30am volunteer session

Saturday 2nd February: World Wetland Day: Matuku Link open day

Thursday 7th February, 8:30am volunteer session: line maintenance

Saturday 9th February, 8:30am line maintenance and induction session

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

Saturday 16th February, 8:30am volunteer session

Thursday 21st February, 8:30am volunteer session

Saturday 23rd February, 8:30am volunteer sessio

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