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Firstly, a reminder that the next BRaid meeting is our AGM Friday 3.00pm 08 September at the DOC offices, 31 Ngai Mahi Road, Sockburn. You do not need to be a member to come along, however you do need to be a member to vote. It would be great to see you all there, as a couple of Rule changes to Braid’s constitution are being proposed, and of course there will be the annual election of new officers.
Secondly, we are holding a trapping workshop at Woodend Community Hall on Saturday, 28 October 2017 from 1:30 pm to 4:00pm. The principal goal is to create a protective barrier, by way of traps, around the Ashley estuary, in part with a view of reintroducing kaki/black stilt. The workshop is also open to everyone interested in learning about predators and trapping, and offers experienced trappers a chance to network with other trappers and share a few tips and tricks. For more information and to book, click here.
On that note, 60 sub-adult kaki were released on the Tasman River earlier this month. It was a stunning day for all: see the photos and news story here.
Nick’s most recent Postcards from the Ashley-Rakahuri River is well worth reading to find out what’s happening on the river. A dozer will begin clear weeds from the riverbed next Monday (August 28), accessing the riverbed from the end of Rossiters Road and working upriver from there. If you are interested in watching the progress, please contact Grant Davey firstname.lastname@example.org or ph: 021 0519798. Grant can tell you where they are working at the time, but it will be up to you to get out there safely.
Black-billed gulls have already started nesting along Lake Rotorua, and BRaid has supplied artwork for signs warning people not to approach them. While interpretation signs are vital educational tools, at some point it’s necessary to point out there are consequences for disturbing protected wildlife.
With spring just a few days away, birds will also soon be returning to our local rivers to breed. If you come across injured birds or orphaned chicks (be sure they are actually orphaned!), please contact the South Island Wildlife Hospital (at Willowbank in Christchurch) or Oxford Bird Rescue (Oxford) as they have an incubator.
For all upcoming events, please see our online calendar. Publicise your event! 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:
Ministry for the Environment Community Environment Fund: applications can now be submitted until midday 14 September: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/more/funding/community-environment-fund.
Membership Renewal is due at the AGM September each year. If you are not already a member of BRaid, you can join as a General, Casual, or Representative member. General Membership is a modest $20/annum, giving you voting rights and the opportunity to have a say in BRaid’s activities.
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