Volunteer News 24th October

Hi all,

This email contains:

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

2. Kōkako kōrero: final chapter

3. For your calendar: Ark end of year celebration

4. Ark session calendar

Happy reading!

Gillian

ARK IN THE PARK

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

This sudden warm, dry weather is just what we need to give us a boost into the new baiting round! Last week we completed some lines in the L block and this week we will continue baiting there.

There will be a volunteer session on Thursday the 25th and on Saturday the 27th of October, starting at 8:30am at the ranger station.

Please note that these sessions are not suitable for new volunteers. We will advise the date of the next induction session shortly.

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. Kōkako kōrero: final chapter

The kōkako count has now concluded for the year and in the final week the team's persistence in the N block paid off with another 2 translocated birds and another Ark chick from a previous year being identified. Overall there were 13 pairs and 7 singles found this year.

It will soon be time for the great nest searching to begin!

Tally:Confirmed translocated birds: 16

Frances & Zelah, Aumangea & Thurley, Karen, Pierre, Ataahua, Maurice, Totara, Puke, Gordon, Ranginui, Kiwitea, Tahi Kaha. New this week: Manuka and Papari.

AiP Progeny: 6Putahi, Indigo, Kapua, Nina, WM-GY, Cloud.

Unbanded Birds (Adults/Sub-adults/Unknown):

• Adults: 17 to 19

• Sub-adults: 2

3. For your calendar: Ark end of year celebration

We would love to see you all at our end of year gathering! The date is Saturday the 1st of December, from 5pm. This year we will be treated to a hangi. More details can be found here:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/15729472cfdf9359071d83d7b/files/f8364b58-c06e-4677-a341-f50758a09f4f/Ark_in_the_Park_end_of_year_celebration2018.pdf

Please RSVP by the 23rd of November.

4. Ark session calendar

Thursday 25th October, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting L block

Saturday 27th October, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting L block

Thursday 1st of November, 8.30am volunteer session: baiting

Saturday 3rd of November, 8.30am volunteer session: baiting

Thursday 8th of November, 8.30am volunteer session: baiting

Saturday 10th of November, 8.30am volunteer session: baiting

Thursday 15th of November, Forest and Bird talk: an introduction to NZ spiders, 7.30pm Kelston Community Centre.

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