Auckland Council’s commitment to seabird recovery: the first regional seabird monitoring and restoration programme
Todd Landers is a scientist at Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU), where he works on a variety of animal ecology research and monitoring projects including the regional Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Programme. His background is in behavioural ecology and conservation, with a focus on seabirds. He’ll be discussing the long road to setting up New Zealand’s first local government regional seabird and shorebird monitoring and restoration programme, which is part of Auckland Council’s new Natural Environment Targeted Rate (NETR) funding. This programme aims to understand where seabirds are, their population health, what key threats exist, and what management actions can be taken so as to improve the conservation status of Auckland’s seabirds. Todd will tell this positive seabird story including a variety of examples of seabird and shorebird projects he’s been involved with such as researching seabirds on a number of Hauraki Gulf Islands to monitoring the return of seabirds to Auckland’s mainland in the Waitākere Ranges.
Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. Koha appreciated to cover hall hire.