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Workshop 2016

Braided River 2016 workshop

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Workshop for braided river practitioners, stakeholders, and students.

“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.”

This workshop carried on from historic workshops held at Environment Canterbury to update managers and researchers on black-fronted tern research and management, and a TAG (Technical Advisory Group) workshop with a wider focus on braided river birds. A subsequent workshop, hosted by the Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group, resulted in the creation of BRaid in 2006. The previous workshop was in 2014.

Click the links below for the presenter biographies, presentations, and links to reports

Speaker/event Topics
SESSION 1: Chair: Dr Tammy Steeves
Prof. Ken Hughey
Modelling how river flows influence feeding and breeding habitat of riverbed birds
Philip Grove & Duncan Gray
Land use change on the margins of lowland Canterbury braided rivers, 1990 – 2012 (see also the full report)
Jenny Christie
What does climate change mean for braided rivers? (see also Braided Rivers & Climate Change)
Aalbert Rebergen
Project River Recovery: after 25 years, what has or hasn’t changed?
Sophie Allen
Trends in native fish populations in braided rivers
Nick Ledgard
Trends and challenges in the Ashley-Rakahuri River
Brad Edwards
Upper Rangitata predator control programme and results
Dr. Frances Schmechel
The Canterbury Water Management Strategy and Braided River restoration programmes
SESSION 2: Chair: Courtney Hamblin
Anne Schlesselmann Conservation of black-fronted terns
Mike Bell
Black-fronted tern project on the Upper Clarence: predator ID, predator control, and breeding success
Courtney Hamblin Responses of black-fronted terns to social attractants
Jennifer Schori Robust grasshopper population monitoring methods and conservation translocation
Daniel Clarke Water abstractions and their effects on river flows
James Jolly
Possible influences on nesting success of black-fronted terns and black-billed gulls on the Orari River
Dr. Des Smith
Population trends of black-billed gulls (Larus bulleri) on South Island rivers 1962-2014
Claudia Mischler
Results of Canterbury black-billed gull count 2015/16 (See also the full report).
SESSION 3: Chair: Prof. Phil Seddon
Sonny Whitelaw
Braided Rivers Partnership Project: citizen science and community engagement (see also NatureWatch For Braided Rivers)
Prof. Phil Seddon
GPS tracking of cats in riverbeds
Dr. David Latham
Chicken and quail smells as chemical camouflage
Stephanie Galla Black stilt/kakī: a brief history of conservation genetic management and goals for genomic research
Julia Nicholls Site assessment of the Ashley-Rakahuri River and the Upper Rangitata River for the suitability of reintroducing kakī
Tyler Brummer
The drivers of weed invasion in gravel riverbeds
Peter Langlands
Post breeding records of SBBG, black-billed gull, black-fronted and white-fronted terns at Canterbury River-mouths 2008 – 2015
Dr. Colin O’Donnell
Opportunities and priorities for future braided river conservation