This is a reminder that the next BRaid meeting is this coming Friday 26 February at 2.20pm, not 1.00pm, at DOC offices, Nga Mai Rd. Sockburn. We will be holding a manager’s meeting at 1.00pm, prior to the general meeting. I will be sending the agenda and last meeting’s minutes to all members either Wednesday or Thursday. Please let me know if there is anything to add/apologies.
The Braided Rivers Workshop 31 May programme is now virtually finalised (there may be one or two to add, or some changes in the times) with an excellent and very diverse group of speakers. This workshop is open to the public so please feel free to invite anyone you feel may be interested. We have not yet had many poster submission, so again, if you know of anyone who would like to present a poster on any braided-river related topic, including sociology (eg community engagement) to hydrology and ecology, please let them know. You can register for the workshop here. It is entirely free of charge, and includes lunch and teas/coffees etc throughout the day.
We are also starting to get calls from people interested in becoming part of the Braided Rivers Partnership Programme. If you would like to know more, the project is outlined in a 3-page PDF. We would really appreciate it if you could pass it along through your networks. I will also be bringing several printed copies with me to the meeting on Friday.
Looking forward to seeing many of you there,
BRaid Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Warning: high levels of the potentially toxic benthic cyanobacteria Phormidium in the Hurunui River at State Highway 7 (the road to Hanmer Springs)
Videos of ferrets and cat decimating black-fronted terns on the Clarence/Acheron Rivers: videos courtesy of Wildlife International Limited (who will also be giving a presentation on the DOC funded project at the Braided Rivers Workshop)
Power station gulls need a new home: Endangered black-billed gulls are creating havoc for staff at Genesis Energy’s Tokaanu power station. The CNI team wants your ideas on how to successfully move them to a new habitat.
A glorious day on the Waitaki rivermouth: Fantastic photos from Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann of nesting white-fronted terns, roosting black-billed gulls, and many more.
Nina Valley Ecoblitz 2017 : The 2014 event, which brought together 170 students and 130 scientists and conservation professionals over one weekend, won the Green Ribbon Award for Communication and Education and also the Paramount Green Ribbon Award. As one of the organisers, I’m using this newsletter as our first official announcement that we’re running the next EcoBlitz 10-12 March 2017. If you are interested in attending as a scientist/conservation professional, volunteer/assistant, or know any schools that would like to apply, please register.
Roundup of recent news from around the web, including peer reviewed research:
Thanks to those who have contributed to this newsletter. Please keep news items coming.
BRaid’s next meeting: Friday 26 February 1.00pm at Ngai Mahi Road. Please note, this has been changed from the previously announced Friday 19 Feb. I’ll send members an agenda later this week or early next week.
Braided River Conference : Tuesday 31 May 2015
Membership If you are not already a member of BRaid, you can join as a General, Casual, or Representative member. 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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