Volunteer News 29th May

Frosty morning at the Ark

Hi everyone,

This email contains:

1. Latest news and forthcoming activities

2. Upcoming CatchIT evening

3. Ark session calendar

Happy reading!


ARK IN THE PARK Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Physical address: Cascades Ranger Station

Falls Road, Waitākere

(09) 810 7014

1. Latest news and forthcoming activities

A merry band of volunteers started baiting Gleeson block last Thursday, this was a trial of the new Ark Standard Operating Procedures (Ark SOP). We have gathered field data and some feedback about the SOP and will carry on in the rest of the block this coming Thursday, 31st of May.

Again, we will need the help of experienced volunteers who know their way in the bush in any terrain. Meeting time is 8:30am at the ranger station. We will briefly go through the SOP (for anyone who missed it last week), remind ourselves of the data to collect and discuss any further feedback from last week before we head out to our bait lines.

Please let me know if you can come on Thursday. Also please do not forget, if you come, to bring a pair of clean spare shoes to wear when you get back to your car after field work. If you plan to attend this Thursday session and have not attended last week one, we will send you the draft of the SOP so that you can familiarise yourselves with it.

There won't be a volunteer session on Saturday.

A debrief meeting with Council staff was planned for last Friday, but unfortunately it had to be rescheduled to this Wednesday (30th May). As a reminder, line owners still cannot bait their lines and trap lines are strictly limited to the lines accessed from roads and the golf course. After the meeting we will update you regarding our progress, with the aim being getting back to full field work as soon as we can.

2. Upcoming CatchIT evening

This is an event especially organised for the Ark trappers, but everyone curious about CatchIT may attend.

CatchIT is an online recording tool that the Ark is now using to record our trap catch data. It gives everyone easy and immediate access to mapping and graphing displays that cover all Ark catches.

The team who is developing the tool will show you how to use it to record your catches and how to make beautiful maps in a few clicks. They will also answer your questions.

The meeting will be held at the Arataki Center, on Thursday the 7th of June, in the lecture room (ground level) from 7pm to 8pm.

3. Ark session calendar

Thursday 31st May, trial baiting of Gleeson, 8:30am

Sunday 3rd June, Waitākere Golf Course fundraising event

Thursday 7th June, CatchIT presentation & training, Arataki Center, 7pm

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