Thursday 16th March 7:30pm Mel Galbraith, Senior Lecturer in Applied Ecology and Environmental and Animal Science, Unitec
The black-backed gull in urban Auckland – breeding and feeding
The southern black-backed gull (Larus domincanus) is a familiar species throughout New Zealand, and has a significant presence in Auckland City. Large breeding colonies are present on Rangitoto Island only 8 km from the city’s Central Business District (CBD). The proximity of these colonies provides access to the resources of the city, and, consequently, the colonies are influenced by changes in these resources. He will compare the current status of the breeding population on Rangitoto Island with historical data, particularly those of studies carried out in the 1970s. Although a top predator, the black-backed gull is also an adept scavenger, and where better to put these skills to work than in the urban environment? Research into the foods of the gulls in the Auckland region will also be examined. Venue: Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd. Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. Gold coin donation appreciated to cover hall hire. For further information ph Liz 833 4145 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 25th March 10 am – 1 pm
Laingholm Weed Walk and Working Bee.
Meet at 9.45 am by the Fishing Club, Sandy’s Parade, Laingholm.
Join us in Laingholm, Weed Capital of Auckland! In our walk, led by Doreen Sunman (who writes about the “Weed of the Month” in the Western Leader) we’ll identify the top ten weeds for Waitakere (and will give you a free brochure to remember them). Pest plants are a major ecological problem in the Ranges, and only by working together we can tackle these invasive plants. What better way to celebrate March Weed Month than with a Working Bee? After morning tea we’ll get started on cleaning up one unsightly corner. We’ll rescue the native plants from below the weeds and work up an appetite for the free sausage sizzle afterwards. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring gloves, secateurs (if you have them), a hat and jacket, sunscreen and insect repellent and morning tea. For more information contact: Doreen Sunman 817 6486 email@example.com
Our flagship project Ark in the Park turns 15 this year and we want to share our story with everyone!
The first activity is a suite of guided walks to discover the results of years of volunteers working at predator control: a flourishing bush and rare reintroduced birds.
Saturday night 25th March: Sunset and night walk. Our experts will show you the Auckland City Walk at sunset and in the dark, trying to find the nocturnal animals that inhabit our bush, finishing with insect specialist Robert Hoare's famous contraption to attract moths and night insects...maybe you'll even see a giant green puriri moth! Park at Cascades Car Park, end of Falls Road. Bring a torch, sturdy shoes, a jacket and your friends. – booking mandatory at 15yearsArk@gmail.com. NOW FULLY BOOKED!
Sunday morning 26th March: Listen to the Dawn Chorus at Ark in the Park with our experts highlighting the different birds. Maybe you’ll even hear a ‘Grey Ghost’, a kokako with its haunting song, one of the species re-introduced in the Waitakere Ranges. Bring a torch, sturdy shoes, a jacket and your friends. Park at carpark at Cascades, then carpool, meet at 6.30 am – booking mandatory at 15yearsArk@gmail.com. NOW FULLY BOOKED!
Sunday walks 26th March: Guided Walks from 10 – 3 pm. Continuous as soon as there are 10 – 12 people. Come to our stall at the Cascade Kauri Car Park and our walks will start from there. Our volunteers and experts will take you around the Auckland City Walk to highlight how special this area is. – no booking necessary.
Free but donations/koha towards our conservation work appreciated.
Thursday 20th April 7:30pm Sandra Murray, Environmental Consultant and co-ordinator for the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council
Sharing Responsibility for Waste
Sandra Murray discusses the problem of waste in New Zealand and explains ‘product stewardship'. We used to use glass and paper packaging, and take our bottles back to the dairy, pub or milkman for a cash refund so we could use them over and over again. Bottle drives funded our kids clubs and litter was uncommon.
Then we fell in love with plastic and other new products, abandoning glass for the allure of lightweight, single use packaging. Inventing new products without a thought for what would happen when we no longer wanted them. We revelled in ‘disposable’. Were enthralled by a bevy of quick loves – TV’s, PC’s, mobile phones, CFL’s, plastic bags, batteries, cheap toys and cheaper rubbish.
Now is the ‘morning after’, where we look around in horror at the litter and dead seabirds, see our landfills and rivers filling up fast with rubbish and our plastic love turning into a sour toxic mess trashing our land, food, waterways and oceans. Can we turn back time and bring back those take-back schemes? What would they look like today? Would they work? Venue: Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd. Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. Gold coin donation appreciated to cover hall hire. For further information ph Liz 833 4145 firstname.lastname@example.org
This talk is part of a nationwide speaking tour by the NZPSC to promote independent, scientific information about product stewardship solutions in New Zealand.