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Firstly, a reminder that the next BRaid meeting is Friday 3.00pm (not 1.30pm as previously advertised) 14 July at the DOC offices, 31 Ngai Mahi Road, Sockburn. I will be emailing an agenda to members in the next few days. You do not need to be a member to come along, indeed, the meetings are open to the public.
Secondly, at 2.30pm Saturday 15 July there will be a braided river birds discussion panel as the finale to the Arts in Oxford: From the Rivers to the Sea Exhibition + Flyways Print Exchange, an international project that echoes the flight of migratory birds through artwork. The format is fluid, with Tammy Steeves and Stephanie Galla (Canterbury University) and myself opening the discussion that features little-understood and thus the somewhat contentious issues of climate change and new conservation technologies, including genetics. If you would like to be part of the panel, please contact me. Otherwise come along and ask lots of difficult and ethically challenging questions. While we are all aware of the existing (and sometimes equally contentious) issues surrounding braided rivers and river bird conservation, the aim of this discussion is to direct a spotlight on new and confronting issues in a public forum.
Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Braided Rivers Seminar 29 June. For those unable to attend, the feedback has included words like , ‘fascinating’, ‘informative’, ‘inspirational’, and clearly left many people with a greater sense of promise and purpose thanks to some of the latest field research, much of which is being undertaken by Masters and PhD students.
If you come across injured birds or orphaned chicks (be sure they are actually orphaned, for example, beside a dead parent!), the South Island Wildlife Hospital (at Willowbank in Christchurch) have successfully rehabilitated and released a car-injured black-billed gull, and Oxford Bird Rescue (Oxford) have an incubator.
Finally, over the next few days I will be adding aerial footage taken last week over the Ashburton, Orari, upper Waitaki, Tasman, Makarora, and upper Waimakariri Rivers, to each of the respective river pages on our website, and also loading them to our Facebook page. After battling through willows and then gorse along the upper Waitaki, it was shocking to take the drone over several kilometres to see how much weeds have choked the river. The Orari (links to the first video) is similarly choked.
Meanwhile, this composite of 40+ photos is a 360 degree aerial of the Tasman River braid plain where kaki are released, between Aoraki Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki (apologies for my son’s typo; he’s an engineer, not a geomorphologist). If you don’t have Facebook, click on ‘not now’ in the popup window asking you to join, and click on the photo behind it. Give it a few moments to load as it’s 4K resolution.
Publicise your event!
Don’t forget to publicise your event on BRaid’s online calendar of events If you remind me a week or so ahead, I’ll also promote it through our social media network. This is FREE publicity, so take advantage of it. NB: the event must be related to braided rivers or river birds.
From around the web:
|8.50am||Prof. Ken Hughey||Keynote address: Local, regional, national and international aspects of braided river management
|9.30am||Sonny Whitelaw||BRaid’s 2016 projects and outcomes|
|9.50am||Grant Davey & Nick Ledgard||Gulls on a farm – colony of black-billed gulls successfully nesting in a paddock on a dairy farm|
|10.10am||Claudia Mischler||The national black billed gull census|
|11.00am||Dr Jo Hoyle||The effects of vegetation/weeds on braided rivers|
|11.20am||Grant Davey & Nick Ledgard||Weed invasion of the Ashley-Rakahuri River: implications for endemic birds|
||The use of social attractants as a management tool for black-fronted terns|
|12.00 midday||Georgina Pickerell||Mammalian predator presence on braided river islands: implications for management|
|12.20pm||Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann||Habitat creation on the Lower Waitaki River (no PDF available as currently being prepared for publication)
|12.40pm||Grant Norbury||Messing with the mind: using unrewarding prey stimuli to reduce predator impacts|
|2.00pm||Dean Nelson||Outcome monitoring for the Tasman River predator Control programme|
|2.20pm||Dean Nelson||Update on the kakī recovery programme|
|2.40pm||Natalie Forsdick||Genome analysis of hybridisation between Kakī (Black Stilt) and Poaka (Pied Stilt)|
|3.00pm||Jim Jolly||Upper Waimakariri River surveys indicate stable numbers over time|
|3.20pm||Kevin Fraley||Flood-proneness, flow, and land cover impact on fish communities in different tributaries of the Waimakariri River|
|4.00pm||Jennifer Schori||Introduced mammals as drivers of population decline in braided river grasshoppers and the life history of the robust grasshopper|
|4.20pm||Colin O’Donnell||Values and management of lowland braided rivers for birds|
|4.40pm||Chris Keeling & Philip Grove
||Addressing Land Use Change in Braided Rivers|
|5.00pm||Dr Richard Maloney||Opportunities and priorities for future braided river conservation|
|Poster||Ailsa Howard||Banded dotterels on South Bay, Kaikoura|
BRaid’s next meeting: Friday 3.00pm (not 1.30pm as previously advertised) 14 July at the DOC offices, 31 Ngai Mahi Road, Sockburn.
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