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Citizen Science Month - July 2022

We are actively seeking registrations to join in the 2022 Citizen Science Month.

Citizen month is a special time where we need volunteers in the Kaipātiki area to help us collect data. You don't need to have a PhD to be involved, just an inquisitive brain! Participants in this year's citizen science campaign can learn simple ways they and their families can contribute towards science and environmental protection across the Kaipātiki Local Board area. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Citizen Science Month last year (2021), we got some awesome results!

Check out our citizen science results page for more information and data on what we found during last years 2021 citizen science campaign.

Chew Card Campaign

If you would be interested in using peanut butter filled chew cards to find out what flora and fauna live in a reserve near you, then sign up for the chew card campaign! The data we get from this campaign helps us know where there are large abundances of pest animals (including rats, mice, possums, hedgehogs and stoats) so that we can increase predator control in these areas. 

This year for Citizen Science, we will be conducting the chew card campaign for the 6th year in a row, and we need lots of volunteers to help!

To read more information about the chew card campaign, and to register your interest, please follow the link below.

Chew Card Campaign - Detecting Predators

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Citizen Science - Workshops and Events

This year we're proud to showcase some fun, informative and free workshops conducted by some of our experts at Pest Free Kaipātiki! Read below for a brief description of these events:

 

  • Plant Identification Workshop: This workshop is will lead you through an off-track reserve walk experience with a Pest Free Kaipātiki expert, teaching you how to identify common, and not-so common, native and invasive plants. 

  • Bird Monitoring Workshop: Come learn how to identify bird species around Kaipātiki by listening to calls and seeing the unique colourations. You will also learn to conduct five-minute bird counts, a super simple way to get scientific-level data on bird populations in your area!

  • Fungi Bioblitz Workshop: Fungi are some of the most unknown and underappreciated living organisms on this planet, but they are the most important, without them we wouldn't be here today! Come have an off-track walk through a local reserve in Kaipātiki, learning fungi identification and also why they are such important, and weird, organisms! 

There are multiple events on for each of the above event types all you have to do is pick a day that suits you, but be quick, there are a limited number of spots available!

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Plant Identification Workshop

Learn to Identify plants, both native and invasive

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Bird Monitoring Workshop

Learn to Identify bird calls and conduct bird count surveys

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Fungi Bioblitz Workshop

Learn more about the weird and wacky world of fungi in our native bush

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