Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reflections 2012

What a year. Mine started in November 2011 with new directions and just kept going. I had some great adventures and met some lovely people.  It’s still going on with new experiences  and explorations. I have learnt some important lessons and shared with people that I never thought I would. Being involved with those that are also passionate  about  the Natural world has been a privilege and I want to thank you all for sharing your knowledge, help and friendship. I have found it quite humbling to be around people who are prepared to share so much.
There will be yet new directions to take  in 2013 and new places to explore.

I thank you all for adding to my life and guiding me along a path that is so enjoyable.

Wishing you all a great Christmas and a very Happy 2013

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pest Free Warrant

I was pleased to receive an invitation to the Pest free Warrant celebrations at Marina Terrace on Thursday  hosted by Auckland Council and DOC.
The Hauraki Gulf Islands are celebrating their first year of being pest free. The pest -free warrant scheme is a key part of the Treasure Islands biosecurity programme run by Auckland Council and DOC, The purpose being to give accreditation for commercial vessels and tourism operators visiting islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
The enthusiasm for growing the value of the islands with increased releases of birds, tuatara, etc was very easy to see amongst this group of around a hundred people.. It is estimated the Hauraki Gulf generates almost a billion dollars in revenue and carries 15.000 jobs and so it is very important to the region.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Party Time

It's that time of year again and to celebrate the end of a successful year for the Auckland Botanical Society a picnic was held at the Botanic Gardens followed by a guided walk around the grounds.

I was pleased to see that the dabchick on the lake, that I had previously seen, way back in March and later now had a partner and two chicks.