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  • BRaid Newsletter #34; 09 October

    Posted on October 9, 2017 by in Ashley, climate change, community partnerships, Department of Conservation, DOC, Events, migration, Newsletters, Research


    Following our AGM held September 08, the chairperson’s annual report is available online:

    We have some exciting news to announce shortly with our newest ‘braided rivers birds’ partner, Karikaas, makers of fine (and extremely yummy!) award winning Dutch style cheeses: I won’t go into too many details here, but this will considerably raise the profile of the birds, while a percentage of the profits from sales of the ‘braided river bird’ branded cheeses will be donated to the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group.

    As things are going to get very busy with Conservation week, here’s a quick overview of what’s happening with BRaid.

    Tuesday 10 October: If you were planning to attend the Walking Festival twilight walk along the Ashley Rakahuri River tomorrow, unfortunately due to high water levels it’s been postponed until early November… On the upside, it should flush out a few weeds and hedgehogs.

    (If you are keen for an alternative tomorrow evening, the public talk, ‘Microbes and Climate Change’ is on at 7:30pm at  WEA, 59 Gloucester Street Christchurch(op. the Art Gallery). Microbiologist Paul Broady will discuss the roles of microbes in both increasing and decreasing the atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, and the implications of the fundamental roles of microbes in influencing global warming).

    Saturday 14 October: With the Walking Festival overlapping with Conservation Week, Wild Eyes Mission HQ has organised a range of self-guided activities for children 5-14 years at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens from 10.00am – 2.00pm. No need to register, just come along and check out the six different nature-based of missions for children that DOC, Christchurch City Council, BRaid and other groups have created in the gardens: Kids can take a photo of their successful missions and upload them to the Wild Eyes community to earn a set of Wild Eyes: see

    Saturday, 28 October: We currently have 40 people booked to attend the trapping workshop at Woodend Community Hall from 1:30 pm to 4:00pm. If you have not already booked but want to come along, please do so. While we can take up to 150 people the last thing I want is to run out of chocolate biscuits (lest we ignite a TimTam Apocalypse…). So, for more information and to book see

    Sonny Whitelaw

    Local News

    Congratulations to St Andrews College in Christchurch for creating a wonderful set of birds to join The Flock. The children’s creations will be on display at the Botanical Gardens on Saturday as part of the Wild Eyes event.

    Free public forum: “Pathways to Swimmable Rivers” 7.00pm Wednesday 18th October, at Knox Church, Corner of Bealey Avenue and Victoria Street, Christchurch.

    Injured birds: 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.

    Check our Facebook page regularly, as events posted there often expire within days.

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    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.

    Thanks to those who have contributed to this newsletter. Please keep news items coming.

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