Friday, July 20, 2018

Wetapunga Translocation

Heading to Motuora Island to help with the wetapunga ( giant weta) translocation of captivity bred weta from Auckland zoo.

More to follow...………………………..

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Okura Presentation to Auckland Council

Late Post This Tuesday 10th July I attended the Long Bay Okura Great Park Society presentation at the Auckland Town Hall. A  serious technical report by eCoast on behalf of the society was presented  outlining the shameful amount of sediment that is entering the estuary from developments surrounding the catchment of the Marine Reserve.

More to follow.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Kaipara kayak

Heading North weather looks good for a paddle in the kaipara for the Kaipara project. Yes a perfect day with virtually no wind and the kaipara was just like a millpond.
The highlight of the day apart from warm sunshine was 10 spoonbill feeding at the edge in a similar spot that we had seen them on a previous visit.
Paddling back was just magic and we took it slowly enjoying every minute

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Here we go again!

One of the largest trees in the area a macrocarpa in a garden in Northboro' road is  being destroyed because its roots venture into the Rutherford Street,  Ngati Whatua Orakei development area. Old large trees are  important trees for morepork and other birds like white faced herons to roost ( rest)  and nest safely.

Macrocarpa destruction Northboro Rd

View from Rutherford Street

 29 trees are being destroyed on the Rutherford  site This Liquid amber tree was the first to go.

Rutherford liquid amber
Partly felled liquid amber

More  trees will be removed  in the Northboro Reserve as part of the Reserve land swap sanctioned by the Local Devonport Takapuna board.
Auckland Council do recognise that large trees are in short supply in the Auckland area and are important to soak up storm water, add shade, and soak up carbon to help the climate but they continue to allow them to be destroyed.

 The Council are still sending out mixed messages that they support the Forest and Bird initiative of the North West Wild-link a tree covered corridor to allow birds to move between the bird friendly islands  to the Waitakeres. So why do they continue to sanction the destruction of so many trees?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Little Blue Release & Catch-Up

From South Head at the weekend to Wenderholme today and just in time for the release of a little penguin that was reluctant to leave the care of the bird sanctuary. But today after turning back it was finally back in the wild on a dog free reserve.  More to follow...……….