Forest & Bird Te Anau Field Trip
Trip to Manapouri for working bee in morning at Home Creek wetland, lunch talk at Rainbow Reach by Ray Willet on the Kepler Project and afternoon activity depending on weather. The annual Forest & Bird trip to Home Creek has seen the area planted out with predominantly red tussock, flax and carex, along with toe toe and cabbage trees. This meandering stream wetland has developed into a picturesque habitat from a barren dry pastureland. Plantings are ongoing, led by Manapouri local, Edith Jones, who initiated the restoration project. (Check this Home Creek project out under SERN Projects.)
Moving to Rainbow Reach at about 1.00pm, we will have a lunch stop and hear from Ray Willett about the Kids Restore the Kepler project. This conservation effort is engaging the Fiordland College students in a trapping programme with the goal of bringing back the birds around the Kepler mountain. Find out how their progress is going.
Following this, as long as the weather is right, we will proceed to the Wilderness Reserve to undertake weed control, attacking heather and broom.
If you would like to join us for the day then either meet at Southland Museum for car pooling - leave at 9.30am or meet at 11.00am at Home Creek car park.
Leader - Edith Jones, ph 213 1571 or contact Chris Rance 213 1161.