Volunteer News 8th January

Hi all,

This email contains:

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

2. Trap catch data

3. Kauri Science Series

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

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

Happy New Year 2019 to everyone!

After a short break for Christmas and the new year, the Ark office has reopened today! However, it didn't mean that there haven't been any field activities meanwhile, as the trappers carried out their regular duties, lines were baited and another kōkako chick was banded just after Christmas, just to list a few activities. Well done everybody!

We will resume our volunteer sessions this week with two sessions, one on Thursday the 10th of January and another one on Saturday the 12th of January. Both sessions will start at 8:30am at the ranger station. We will carry on our baiting round with bait lines in the Cutty Grass blocks.

On Saturday, I will also run an induction session for new comers (same meeting place and time). There will be a sausage sizzle after the field work for everybody!

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 note that first time volunteers don't need to take the certification quiz, however they are encouraged to read the SOP.

There are many wasps now and volunteers have already reported wasp nests in the bush. If you are sensitive to wasps and react to their stings, please put your own safety first and do not attempt to do field work at this time of the year.

2. Trap catch data

Thank you to all our trappers for their hard work in the field checking our traps and also for reporting their catches in CatchIT.

This is also the opportunity to thank the CatchIT team for their prompt help, whether it is a login issue or recorded data which need to be amended ... Also, those of you who are already using the 'graphs' tab in CatchIT to plot maps may have noticed the newly implemented heat maps. It is a very nice addition!

3. Kauri Science Series

Between January and July, Auckland Council will run a serie of talks called Kauri Science Series. These will focus on the science around kauri dieback, and some of the work going on around New Zealand to find out more about the disease, its impact and tools to fight it. You can find the flyer here.

The first talk is Sunday 27 January at Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive. The talk begins at 10.30am, with morning tea offered from 10am. The event is free, and there is no need to book.

Kauri Science Series Timetable and Speakers : here

4. Ark session calendar

Thursday 10th January, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting

Saturday 12th January, 8:30am volunteer session and induction session for new volunteers

Thursday 17th January, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting

Saturday 19th January, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting

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

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

Monday 28th January: Auckland Anniversary Day

Thursday 31st January, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting

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