Have break­fast with the gulls

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Break­fast with the Gulls at Maketu¯ is the ad­ven­tur­ous twist for this year’s an­nual meet­ing of the Maketu¯ On­ga­toro Wet­land So­ci­ety (MOWS) on Satur­day.

The An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of MOWS is part of a morn­ing with the birds at the Maketu¯ Mon­u­ment Re­serve next to the Maketu¯ Surf Club, start­ing at 7.30am.

Or­gan­is­ers are sug­gest­ing an early ar­rival to make sure you don’t miss out on the guided tours of the shore­bird breed­ing colony and the com­pli­men­tary break­fast of­fered to ev­ery­one who takes a tour.

Trips across to the colony will be run ev­ery 20 min­utes by the Maketu¯ Surf Life­sav­ing Club be­tween 7.30am and 9pm. Adult life­jack­ets will be pro­vided and par­ents of smaller chil­dren are asked to bring along their child’s life jacket.

Hosted by MOWS and spon­sored by West­ern Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Coun­cil and the Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil the morn­ing is an op­por­tu­nity to view the im­pres­sive breed­ing colony of shore­birds, in­clud­ing the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered black-billed gull and New Zealand dot­terel.

Break­fast with the Gulls is part of MOW’s on­go­ing pro­mo­tion of the im­por­tance of the dune sys­tems for pro­vid­ing habi­tat for wildlife, in­clud­ing the NZ Dot­terel and black gulls.

Dune plant­ing days are a high­light for lo­cal pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents and are fol­lowed up with a pub­lic ad­vo­cacy cam­paign where stu­dents de­sign dune pro­tec­tion posters.

At Break­fast with the Gulls there’ll be a cof­fee cart on site and a com­pli­men­tary break­fast from 8am-9am for ev­ery­one who takes a tour, fol­lowed by the AGM at 9.15am in the Maketu¯ Surf Club.

The event is free but koha is ap­pre­ci­ated for con­tin­u­ing MOW’s projects around the Maketu¯ area and with lo­cal schools.

Reg­is­tra­tion for Break­fast with the Gulls is through Face­book www.face­book.com/events/ 552045841885532/ or email: Ta­nia@make­tuwet­lands.org.nz. If it’s wet, the day will be post­poned un­til Novem­ber 24 with up­dates on Face­book.

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