Have breakfast with the gulls
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.