Volunteer News 3rd July

Hi all,

This email contains:

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

2. Members of the Ark community in print

3. SONZ workshop 2018 reminder and offer to car pool

4. Baiting at Matuku Link

5. Miscellaneous

6. 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

Today was a beautiful day for the first of the Matariki plantings! As a reminder, the second planting is at the Pa Harakeke (flax garden) at Pae O Te Rangi, next Wednesday, the 11th July. More details online at : http://www.matarikifestival.org.nz/2018/cascade-kauri-pa-harakeke-planting-day/category/environment/

It is forecast to remain fine for the whole week, including our baiting sessions... There will be a volunteer session, on Thursday the 5th of July, starting at 8:30am at the ranger station. We will bait in the CG blocks. There will be another volunteer session during the weekend, on Saturday the 7th of July, starting at 8:30am at the ranger station too. This session will be followed with a sausage sizzle.

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.

Please do not forget that any Ark field worker must comply with the latest Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) around kauri and pass the Ark Safe Kauri certification quiz (see box above). Also, we suggest that you display an Ark brochure on your car's dashboard when parked on a public road while you do field work. This is to identify you to any CAN officers who are patrolling. You can find these brochures next to the intentions book in the store room.

I won't be able to take new volunteers this week, however an induction session is planned for the following Saturday, the 14th July, when new comers are welcome to attend! Please note that first time volunteers don't need to take the certification quiz, however they are encouraged to read the SOP.

Also thank you to our sausage cooks: Marilyn Burgess, Kay Wight, Rosemary Stagg and Rosemary Downard for taking care of the BBQ after the weekend sessions.

2. Members of the Ark community in print!

Three of the Ark community have made it into the latest edition of Birds New Zealand. You can find the article here.

It is a nice read, thanks John Sumich, Jacqui Geux and the foraging toutouwai (which is most likely a descendant of an Ark toutouwai that has crossed the valley).

3. SONZ workshop 2018 reminder and offer to car pool

Don't forget the upcoming Sanctuaries Of New Zealand workshop to be held in Hamilton, 14-16 August. You can find the draft outline and the registration form online here: http://www.sanctuariesnz.org/meetings/SONZWorkshop2018.asp

There is an offer to car pool to SONZ with John Sumich who is attending on the Wednesday and Thursday. Please contact him if you would like a ride: cjnk@xtra.co.nz

4. Baiting at Matuku Link

Ark volunteers have helped our neighbouring project Matuku Link, at 111 Bethells Road, before with installing bait stations.

This time they are looking for volunteers for the winter baiting round on Sunday the 15th July. Start time 10 am and a shared lunch afterwards. Ideally 12 people (to be paired up) for the 6 circuits. Lines are scaled from easy to hard and they can be muddy, therefore slippery.

Please contact Annalily at matukulink@gmail.com if you want to know more or plan to attend. It is on a regular Matuku Link Working Bee day, so there will be other work (nursery, weeding etc) as well.

5. Miscellaneous

Volunteer survey:

Aaron Heimann, a student at the University of Otago studying Science Communication, is conducting a survey of conservation volunteers in New Zealand. The goal of this research is to highlight the valuable work volunteers do for NZ's environment and lead to ways of getting more people involved in hands-on conservation.

It is an anonymous survey and will take about 10-15 minutes. You can enter a draw for 2 x $100 VISA Prezzy cards.


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