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2019 Braided Rivers Seminar

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Lincoln University

“On the plains, virtually all we see above-ground today has been introduced in the last 200 years. Only the braided rivers still retain a reasonable component of their original indigenous ecosystems. The most obvious component of that is a range of bird species – the majority of which are threatened.”


Thanks to this year’s sponsors: Environment Canterbury, The Rakaia Catchment Environmental Enhancement Society Inc., and to Karikaas for their amazing cheese selection.


Click the link under ‘Topic‘ to download a PDF of Powerpoint presentations.

  Speaker Topic
  Dr. Jan Wright Keynote address: Te Manahuna Aoraki: large-scale conservation project in the upper Mackenzie
  Sonny Whitelaw BRaid partnerships project
  Dr. Murray Hicks Rising sea level impacts on braided river mouths
  David Owen ECan leadership – BRAG/ Bridge projects – partnerships in delivery
  Nick Ledgard & Grant Davey Communities in action: Ashley River update
  Dr. Frances Schmechel Braided river projects in Canterbury:  an update of ECan supported projects
  Dr. Jean Jack & Donna Field A management plan in action: the (upper and lower) Hakatere/Ashburton River Braided Riverbird Strategy and Implementation
  Dr.Richard Maloney
Braided River projects: past, present and future
  Dr. Tara Murray Invertebrate biodiversity and management on braided rivers (this paper will be added at a later date)
  Jemma Welch Update on the Lower Waitaki River
  Ailsa Howard
Banded dotterels Kaikoura: nesting exclosures & freedom camping
  Sonny Whitelaw What does climate change mean for braided rivers?
  Dr. Frances Schmechel Southern black-backed gull – strategy options in Canterbury
  Nick Ledgard Summary of the day’s presentations
  Brad Edwards, Nick Ledgard, & Grant Davey The use of trail cameras specifically in braided rivers, and drones for GPS bird counts and weed mapping.