Volunteer News 3rd April

Hi all,

This email contains:

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

2. Talk from Search and Rescue

3. Sanctuaries of NZ workshop 2018

4. 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

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

We hope you had a good Easter weekend and that the egg hunt was a success! Now it is time to start our autumn baiting round.

There will be a volunteer session on Thursday the 5th of April, starting 8:30am at the ranger station. There will be another session on Saturday, the 7th of April, starting at 8:30am as well. We have had a large number of enquiries from new volunteers recently. New volunteers are welcome to attend on Saturday. If it is your first time, please ensure you contact me before Friday afternoon.

Please keep in mind that the gate on Falls Road is still closed, so we will come and open the gate at 8:30am. Late arrivals, please park at the golf club car park and walk down to the ranger station. The Saturday session will be followed by a sausage sizzle!

Please let me know if you are coming to any of these sessions. Also please note that if you make a last minute decision 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.

Wasps are still quite active at the moment, but we hope that with the cooler nights nests will soon die. Meanwhile, if you are going out in to the bush, be careful where you step! People sensitive to wasp stings should stay away from the bush or be very careful when doing field work. All volunteers should make sure that they have anti histamine tablets with them before heading out (we keep first aid kits and repair kits stocked with tablets, however please check that they are present before you go). Simple precautions include limiting your skin exposure (for example, long pants will protect you better than shorts) and avoiding wearing dark or bright colours. It seems that white (or pale colours) are good to wear ...

Welcome to Elena De Dios who joined the Ark in March. Also thank you to our sausage cooks: Marilyn Burgess and Kay Wight for taking care of the BBQ after the weekend sessions.

Welcome to Aiko Hibi from Japan who will be with us for around two weeks.

2. Talk from Search and Rescue

Following the tragic events of February, and as we head in to winter, we thought it would be good to find out more about safe stream crossing practices as well as other bush safety tips from the people who are out there dealing with our kinds of conditions.

A staff member of the Auckland Search and Rescue unit will be coming to give us a talk. We encourage you all to come along to refresh or learn from an expert.

When: Thursday 26th of April, 7pm

Where: Waitākere Golf Club, Falls Road.

RSVP by Friday the 20th of April.

3. Sanctuaries of NZ workshop 2018

For your diaries: the Sanctuaries of NZ workshop 2018 will be held at Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, on the 14-16th of August.

Draft programme:

Tuesday 14 August: Science day – Science talks from speakers starting at 9.30am, followed by dinner.

Wednesday 15 August: AGM of SONZ Inc. Soapbox sessions. Afternoon field trip (location TBA) finishing at approximately 4.30pm.

Thursday 16 August: Day to be organised by SONZI around some aspect of sanctuaries.

More information to follow. Details will be posted here when available.

4. Ark session calendar

Thursday 5th April, 8:30am, volunteer session: new baiting round!

Saturday 7th April, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting. New volunteers welcome to attend.

Thursday 12th April, 8:30am: volunteer session and scone party for Nicolas' departure

Saturday 14th April, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting

Sunday 15th April: Eco Day held at EcoMatters (New Lynn)

Thursday 19th April, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting

Saturday 21st April, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting

Sunday 22nd April: Kauri Karnival

Thursday 26th April, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting

Thursday 26th April: Search & Rescue talk, Waitākere golf club, 7pm

Saturday 28th April, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting

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