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Published: 16 April, 2019

Hands on Discovery

At Marlborough Museum

26 Arthur Baker Place

1 p.m. Wednesday 24 April 2019

 

Family friendly Tour and Exploration of Artefacts with Logan Coote, Marlborough Regional Collections Manager.

“We will start with exploring the Museum Collections and have some hands-on activity fun for kids of all ages.”

 

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Book in by end of Monday 22 April

 

Marlborough Museum

578 1712

info@marlboroughmuseum.org.

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Published: 16 April, 2019

Nelson City Council

Nelson Nature Fix

16 April 2019

After a break over the summer, welcome to the first 2019 Nelson Nature Fix - a regular snippet about Nelson's natural environment, and what we can do to look after it.  If you know anyone who you think might enjoy getting a regular nature fix, please pass this on and encourage them to sign up. You can read back issues here.
 

Along came a spider.....

The infamous katipo (Latrodectus katipo) spider is an endangered native species and one of our threatened coastal species. It is estimated that there are only a few thousand katipo left making it rarer than some species of kiwi.  

 

 

 

This species is at risk of extinction and is in decline throughout NZ. In 2002, there were only 26 populations known in the whole of New Zealand, including a couple of sites in the Nelson region.
 
The main factors contributing to its decline are loss of habitat and declining quality of the remaining habitat. Katipo live among sand dunes, much of which has been modified for farming or urban development. Invasive plants like marram have also led to the decline of suitable habitat.
 
The name katipo is from the Māori katipō, meaning "night-stinger". It is a small to medium-sized spider, with the female having a round black or brown pea-sized body. Red katipo females, found in the South Island and the lower half of the North Island, are always black, and their abdomen has a distinctive red stripe bordered in white.
 
Webs are typically established in low-growing dune plants and other vegetation such as the native pingao or driftwood. Katipo feed mainly on ground-dwelling insects, caught in an irregular tangled web spun amongst dune plants or other debris.
 
Katipo need fairly specific habitat to build their webs. Native pingao typically grows with bare patches of sand between the plants, leaving space for the spiders’ webs. Plants like marram, an invasive grass which was originally planted to stabilise dunes but is now considered a weed, grow in denser stands which make it difficult for the katipo to construct a web able to catch their insect prey.
 
Although they have a fearsome reputation, katipo bites are very rare. No deaths have been reported since 1901 and the most recent reported bites were to a Canadian tourist in 2010 and a kayaker in 2012. Bites are rare as the katipo is a shy, non-aggressive spider. The katipo will only bite as a last resort; if threatened the spider will usually fold up into a ball and drop to the ground or retreat to the nearest cover. They are more scared of you than you are of them!
 
What is Nelson Nature doing to help katipo? Helping to conserve precious dune habitat in Nelson, by protecting against weed invasion and by restoration planting.
 
What can you do to help katipo? Keep to marked trails in the dunes, get involved in dune restoration projects and don’t collect driftwood.
 
Keep yourself and the katipo safe by giving your clothes a good shake if you’ve left them lying on driftwood.

 

Published: 15 April, 2019

A Survey of Introduced Species Management

Tēnā koe,


How iwi perceive, use and manage introduced species is important for the environmental future of Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

We are surveying representatives from iwi, hapū, and marae communities to understand how they are relating to, preparing for, and/or responding to introduced species. This information will help us identify unique iwi, hapū, and marae community innovations, shortcomings in current approaches, and opportunities for linking tribal and non-tribal entities and organisations in regional introduced species management. We hope to gather information that may help iwi, hapū, and marae communities, their descendants, and their introduced species management partners in the future.

 

The survey will take around 10-20 minutes to complete.

 

Introduced Species Survey 2019

 

We hope that you will be willing to forward this survey link to people (whānau, tribal representatives, others involved in environmental management for iwi, hapū, and marae communities) who you think would share relevant information for a survey of this kind.  We hope to encourage as much engagement as possible in order to elicit rich information about our environmental management concerns, opportunities, and practices. All information will be shared with you in order to support your continued efforts.

 

We will not ask or record your name in this survey. We will record the name of the entity, organisation or community you are affiliated with in some way so that we can sort out geographic and cultural differences in our survey sample. We will keep the information collected for this study secure and confidential. 

Please email us if there is anything that you would like to know about this study.

Published: 15 April, 2019

What's up DOC?

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever seen a takahē?

April is Takahē Awareness Month and could be your chance to learn about a piece of conservation history and even see one in person at one of our many sanctuaries.

With a current population of around 375 takahē, they've come a long way since being considered extinct over 70 years ago. Last year, the Takahē Recovery Programme celebrated the establishment of the second wild takahē population in Kahurangi National Park.

This month DOC's taking the opportunity to celebrate the great work of the wider takahē team along with Ngāi Tahu, national partner Fulton Hogan and our network of supporters. 

Watch the Takahē Recovery short video to learn more about the journey of takahē, from rediscovery to release into Kahurangi National Park.

 

Listen to our new podcast episode

 

As vet to all New Zealand native species, DOC's Kate McInnes has a one-of-a-kind job. From kākāpō to kiwi, lesions to salmonella, Kate handles it all. She also made the infamous ‘sperm helmet’ on display at Te Papa.

Listen to Kate talk to Threatened Species Ambassador Nic Toki in the second episode of our Sounds of Science podcast

 

Update from Lou Sanson

 

Lou shares stories about the Mackenzie Basin, kākāpō recovery, Tata Lawton retiring, remembering Jane Davis, Air New Zealand's external Sustainability Advisory Panel, and the Auckland City partnership.

 

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Recreation

Tracks to explore over Easter

With Easter landing a bit later this year, the country will be well into autumn by the time the holiday rolls around.

We asked our local visitor centre rangers to give us their picks for nine tracks to enjoy over the Easter holidays.

 

 

New tracks open: Carrick Range

Explore newly opened tracks that take you to conservation and historic gold digging areas near Bannockburn in Central Otago.

Recreation opportunities in this dramatic landscape include tramping, mountain biking, four-wheel driving, horse riding and hunting.

 

 

 

Get involved

Photography competition

WIN! Thanks to our friends at Photo Warehouse, we’ve put together an awesome photography prize pack for one lucky amateur photographer.

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Have your say

We're seeking your views on draft amendments to the West Coast Te Tai o Poutini Conservation Management Strategy 2010.

Open for public submissions until 4 pm, 20 May 2019.

 

 

Living memorials planted

Conservation community group Greening Taupo coordinated an event planting over 3000 native trees at Whakaipo Bay Recreation Reserve.

The trees are to serve as living memorials to our service personnel, past and present.

 

 

 

Our work

Tiakina Ngā Manu launch - formally known Battle for our Birds

Our monitoring has confirmed the predicted mega mast or heavy seeding in New Zealand’s forests this autumn.

Heavy seeding provides a bonanza of food for native species but also fuels rodent and stoat plagues that pose a serious threat to native birds.

In response we're planning our largest-ever predator control programme, Tiakina Ngā Manu to protect native birds, bats, frogs, lizards and giant land snails across the country.

 

 

 

 

Report identifies DOC locations vulnerable to coastal flooding

The risk to our coastal locations from flooding reinforces the need to plan for the effects of sea level rise.

"Scientists predict that sea levels are likely to rise between 0.5-1 m by 2100."

 

 

Abel Tasman islands once again predator free

Three Abel Tasman National Park islands, Adele/Motuareronui, Fisherman/ Motuareroiti and Tonga islands, have been restored to predator free after a 2017 operation successfully eradicated mice.

 

 

 

Nature

International report card on New Zealand’s biological diversity

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says the latest report on how New Zealand is tracking against national and global biodiversity targets demonstrates the importance of increased investment in conservation.

 

 

 

Caedance, the flying kiwi

Threatened Species Ambassador Nic Toki helped translocate the 3000th wildlife passenger on an Air New Zealand flight to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

The special passenger was a rowi chick named Caedance, the last chick from 2018/19 season for Operation Nest Egg.

 

Bumper hihi breeding season on Tiritiri Matangi island

A record number of hihi or stitchbird have fledged on their pest-free Hauraki Gulf island during the latest breeding season.

In the 1890s, the last surviving hihi were found on only one island but thanks to a lot of hard work, there are now hihi populations at seven pest-free sites.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of the month

A humpback whale is now free from the fishing gear that entangled it. The rope was cut from the whale by the Kaikōura large whale disentanglement team yesterday. The whale likely became entangled within the last few weeks off the bottom of the South Island.

Thank you to Whale Watch Kaikōura and members of the public who kept a vigilant watch and reported any sightings.

 

Published: 15 April, 2019

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

 

 

 

ABOVE: Andrew John, pictured with CMEA's sponsor Peter Radich, accepting the Community Innovation

award at the Cawthorn Marlborough Environment Awards in March..

 

 

APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

I have the greatest pleasure in commenting on something you have probably read in the local news media. That is, Kaipupu won the Community Innovation section at the Cawthorn Marlborough Environment Awards.  This was all about Andrew John and the work he does with school children in Marlborough. There was certainly no more deserving person to receive such an award, well done Andrew. Truly one of our unsung heroes getting just reward for their dedicated commitment to spreading the conservation message.  

I should finish my chairman’s comments on that really positive note but there is more good news.  We have been successful with another Rata Foundation grant, funding part of our coordinators wages. This time round Rata Foundation have made this grant to cover three years. To achieve this long term funding our reporting and management systems have to be of a high standard, well done Rachel and all the committee members for achieving this.  We are pleased to report that Marlborough Tour Company have come on board as one of our Rimu Sponsors and we are looking forward to working with them in the future.
Marlborough Tour Company were also a big part of our very successful Cruise For Conservation fundraiser. Thank-you to everyone who contributed to this financially successful event your generosity is greatly appreciated and so vital to Kaipupu operations.  On Kaipupu the bush has suffered from the very hot and dry conditions to such an extent that we ceased all machinery work because of fire risk. Recent rains have seen the bush and bird song recover quickly to normal levels.
Look forward to seeing you on our little piece of paradise.

 

 

 

 

Gerald Harper

Chairperson - Kaipupu Point Mainland Island Society

 

 

 

CRUISE FOR CONSERVATION

 

 

 

 

 

Blessed with a warm autumn evening, fine wine, great food and even better company the inaugural Cruise for Conservation was a huge success. Thanks to Marlborough Tour Company who provided MV Odyssea we also had the perfect location to enjoy the view as we cruised to Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary and
down the Grove Arm. Barry Maister, our new patron
offered a bit of history and insight into what the future holds for the Sanctuary ahead of a three course meal highlighting local seafood including New Zealand King Salmon, mussels and clams.
We were thrilled to have raised $3,400 through ticket
sales and the silent auction during the evening.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended and
to all our sponsors.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

SUCCESSFUL SHOP OPENING

 

Thank you to everyone who came along and celebrated the opening of our new shop/office/information site at 14 Auckland Street.  If you haven't popped in yet we are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm.  

 

 

 

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