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Braided Rivers Seminar 2017


Thursday 29 June 2017

Lincoln Events Centre (15 Meijer Dr. Lincoln)
8.30am – 5.30pm Thursday 29 June 2017

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“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 seminar carries on from historic workshops held at Environment Canterbury 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 in 2016 expanded this initial focus (all of the presentations at this workshop are online; please click the link).

The workshop format has evolved into a seminar. Please register early for your free ticket, as the previous workshop was booked out and waitlisted.

 Time  Speaker Topic
8.40am Nick Ledgard Welcome and introduction by BRaid’s chairman
8.50am Prof. Ken Hughey Keynote speaker
9.30am Sonny Whitelaw BRaid’s 2016 projects and outcomes
9.50am Grant Davey & Nick Ledgard Gulls on a farm – colony of black-billed gulls successfully nesting in a paddock on a dairy farm
10.10am Claudia Mischler The national black billed gull census
10.30am Break Morning Tea
11.00am Dr Jo Hoyle The effects of vegetation/weeds on braided rivers
11.20am Grant Davey & Nick Ledgard Weed invasion of the Ashley-Rakahuri River: implications for endemic birds
11.40am Courtney Hamblin
The use of social attractants as a management tool for black-fronted terns
12.00 midday Georgina Pickerell Mammalian predator presence on braided river islands: implications for management
12.20pm Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann Habitat creation on the Lower Waitaki River
12.40pm Grant Norbury Preliminary results from using unrewarding prey stimuli to reduce predator impacts
1.00pm Break Lunch
2.00pm Dean Nelson Outcome monitoring for the Tasman River predator Control programme
2.20pm Dean Nelson Update on the kakī recovery programme
2.40pm Natalie Forsdick Genome analysis of hybridisation between Kakī (Black Stilt) and Poaka (Pied Stilt)
3.00pm Jim Jolly Upper Waimakariri River surveys indicate stable numbers over time
3.20pm Kevin Fraley Flood-proneness, flow, and land cover impact on fish communities in different tributaries of the Waimakariri River
3.40pm Break Afternoon Tea
4.00pm Jennifer Schori Introduced mammals as drivers of population decline in braided river grasshoppers and the life history of the robust grasshopper
4.20pm Colin O’Donnell Values and management of lowland braided rivers for birds
4.40pm Chris Keeling & Philip Grove Addressing Land Use Change in Braided Rivers
5.00pm Dr Richard Maloney Opportunities and priorities for future braided river conservation
5.20pm Nick Ledgard Close
Poster Ailsa Howard Banded dotterels on South Bay, Kaikoura