Flora needs keen helpers
Kahurangi National Park’s Friends of Flora is looking for active back-country volunteers to help with kiwi monitoring and checking trap lines.
FOF chairman Peter Adams said the night monitoring of kiwi was essential to find out how active the birds were and if they were breeding – information needed to assess if FOF had a sustainable Kiwi population.
He said the monitoring involved long days in the bush, often off the track, with long periods stationary, sometimes on freezing ridgetops, trying to pick up elusive ‘‘beeps’’ from transmitters.
But it was a rewarding experience for those who enjoyed a challenge. The bonus was volunteers would be trained in radio telemetry and would forgo having to pay gym fees. They would need to commit for one day a month.
Volunteers were also needed to help check FOF’s extensive network of traps which reached from Flora carpark across the Tablelands to the edge of the Cobb Valley. Once-amonth trap checks are normally done in small teams, and with many traps off the tracks again a good level of fitness is needed. Volunteers should also be comfortable handling dead pests and resetting traps.
Trap volunteers are needed to commit to one to two days a month and FOF is especially interested in any volunteers who would be keen to be responsible for a line.
Inspired by Forest and Bird’s recent Denniston Plateau Bioblitz, FOF is looking at adopting a similar approach to the 7000 hectares covered by its Flora Stream trap network.
The group aims to create an inventory of what is living in the Flora. This work is likely to take place early next year.
If you are interested contact FOF on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 528 9054.
Helpers wanted: Friends of Flora stalwarts Bill Rooke and Maryann Ewers put in the hard yards hauling trap boxes and kiwi tracking gear in Kahurangi National Park.