Citizen Science 2019 - Freshwater

Finally all the results of August’s Citizen Science Month are in! A big thank you to all the volunteers who got involved and monitored reserve chew card lines, and to those of you at home and on the streets who reported weeds, bird counts, created photopoints and registered an interest in monitoring the health of our streams

Across the month 95 volunteers gave a whopping 265 hours of monitoring time. Their contribution to science helps us target campaigns and action for the care of certain areas of our Kaipātiki landscape.

You can read the results of each monitoring topic in our PFK blog (there are four), and if you want to get further involved and take action – all the information you will need to get started is in the blog on our website.

Pest Free Kaipātiki Restoration Society is committed to protecting and enhancing all forms of our native biodiversity through pest control and restoration. Wai ora literally refers to water, both as a resource and as an essential part of the environment that provides sustenance for life. Here in Kaipātiki we are lucky to have a diverse range of ecosystems, and many catchments and streams. Some are in good health which is wonderful, others poorly with pollution entering the waterway, banks invaded by environmental weeds and sediment from the built environment clogging up areas. We want clear, healthy streams with lots of shade and overhanging vegetation to provide food and homes for invertebrates, native fish and other forms of life - not to mention our own health and wellbeing! The first step towards this is adopting a stretch of water and monitoring it's health. The council's Healthy Waters Department is helping Pest Free Kaipātiki and our neighbours get going.

^ Image above: A healthy waterway is often shaded, has lots of native vegetation overhanging the water and runs clear.

A massive thank you to our funders and sponsors who provided spot prizes for participation and volunteering awards. Our thanks to the Kaipātiki Local Board, Auckland Council including the Research and Evaluation Unit and Birkenhead Licencing Trust for making Citizen Science Month possible. Thank you Kaipātiki Project, Bunnings Warehouse, New World, Key Industries, 100 Percent New Zealand, Te Ngahere, Samsung and Andrea Reid from Pollinator Paths for your generosity!