Wow, it was a busy weekend due to a fabulous turnout by BOP locals to the first two of our Conservation Week events.
Ranger Dave’s bird identification course on Saturday was so popular that we’ll be having to schedule another one for the 30+ people on the waiting list. Those that attended enjoyed the theory session and were not going to let the rain put them off completing the practical component at Otanewainuku. They were well rewarded with songs & sightings of robin, tui, kereru & whitehead to name a few. But no-one needs to wait for a course, you can learn to identify native birds and their calls online anytime at www.whatbird.co.nz
On Sunday morning, despite more dubious weather, Athenree locals turned out in force to pitch in & start planting in our new wetland. The rain held off right up until we were driving away with a long list of contact details of neighbours that are keen to keep working with us on the project.
I think that the front page press in the Weekend Sun helped – Pete and I were doing our best modelling efforts and David Bellamy impressions – big thanks to the Weekend Sun!
I’ve just finished preparing my presentation for our Maketu dotterel community information evening tomorrow night and I’m looking forward to planting at Kaituna with Te Puke students tomorrow and Kaimai Summit with Corrections workers on Wednesday. I’ll let you know how it all went when I get to catch a breath.