Spot­light on wet­land boomer

Te Puke Times - - News -

The boom­ing of bit­tern will be a fea­ture of a pub­lic meet­ing hosted by Te Puke For­est & Bird next Mon­day.

The guest speaker is Emma Wil­liams PHD, a bit­tern ex­pert from Hawke’s Bay.

Last cen­tury, bit­tern were of­ten present in wet­lands along the coast, but loss of habi­tat has been a main fac­tor in the drop in pop­u­la­tion of this large and se­cre­tive bird.

They favour densely veg­e­tated wet­lands and it is hoped that the restora­tion of this habi­tat in lo­cal sites will help bring their num­bers back.

For­est & Bird 2019 di­aries and cal­en­dars are also avail­able now and the group is plan­ning some ex­cit­ing field trips this sum­mer.

The meet­ing starts at 7.30pm at the Ma­sonic Lodge, Ox­ford St, Te Puke. A gold coin do­na­tion is wel­come and sup­per pro­vided.

The wet­land-dwelling bit­tern will be the sub­ject of the next For­est & Bird meet­ing in Te Puke.

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