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Lincoln University 9.20am-5.00pm
“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 funding from Environment Canterbury, BRaid will once again be hosting a free full-day braided rivers’ seminar, where professionals, interested amateurs and volunteers in this sector come together to share their knowledge and the results of their work over the past 2 years. Presentations from previous years are available here: 2016 workshop and 2017 seminar.
A great deal more focus has been placed on braided rivers and their unique ecology since our previous seminar in 2017, so we anticipate strong interest this year.
While the event is free, we are a charitable trust so donations are always welcome!
|9.25am||Nick Ledgard||Welcome and introduction
|9.30am||Dr. Jan Wright||Keynote address: Te Manahuna Aoraki: large-scale conservation project in the upper Mackenzie
|10.00am||Sonny Whitelaw||BRaid partnerships project outcome and future|
|10.20am||Dr. Murray Hicks||Rising sea level impacts on braided river mouths|
|10.40am||Bronwyn Simmons & David Owen||ECan leadership – BRAG/ Bridge projects – partnerships in delivery|
|11.30 am||Nick Ledgard & Grant Davey||Communities in action: Ashley River update|
|11.5o am||Dr. Frances Schmechel||Update of ECan supported projects: strategy, overview, key results|
|12.10 pm||Dr. Jean Jack & Donna Field||A management plan in action: the (upper and lower) Hakatere/Ashburton River Braided Riverbird Strategy and Implementation|
|12.30 pm||Dr.Richard Maloney
||Braided River projects: past, present and future|
|2.00pm||Dr. Tara Murray||Invertebrate biodiversity and management on braided rivers|
|2.20pm||Jemma Welch||Update on the Lower Waitaki River|
||Banded dotterels Kaikoura: nesting exclosures & freedom camping|
|3.00pm||Claudia Mischler||BBG genetics – what it means for BBG habitat management|
|3.20pm||Dr. Frances Schmechel||SBBG strategy and control|
|3.40pm||Nick Ledgard||Summary of the day’s presentations|
|4.20pm- 5.00pm||Brad Edwards, Nick Ledgard, & Grant Davey||Will lead a discussion on the use of trail cameras specifically in braided rivers, and drones for GPS bird counts and weed mapping.