Bioblitz tomorrow at the lagoon

Looking after the lagoon.

Looking after the lagoon.

Gisborne Boys’ High School students Vinson Parata (left) and Sam Godwin-Moa, and Department of Conservation East Coast district community ranger Trudi Ngawhare, help prepare an area by Te Wherowhero lagoon for planting as part of an ongoing project to restore and protect the area.
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A bioblitz is planned this Saturday at Te Wherowhero lagoon as part of an ongoing restoration project.

The bioblitz is a fun and interactive ecological education day with an emphasis on citizen science, learning about the environment and participating in a range of practical science activities.

Te Wherowhero Restoration Trust is organising the community citizen science day to highlight the unique features of the lagoon.

Te Wherowhero Lagoon is approximately 160ha in size and situated at the base of Young Nick’s Head (Te Kuri a Paoa).

It is one of the few estuarine lagoons in this region and is a habitat for many migratory birds such as the godwit and royal spoonbill and also culturally significant as the landing place of the Horouta waka.

Department of Conservation community engagement supervisor Charles Barrie said bioblitzes were a great way to bring people together to learn about the region’s landscapes of significance.

“People enjoy Muriwai beaches and this is an opportunity to discover how many other species live there and learn more about them.

“We will learn more about the wildlife, the sand dunes and the waterways.

“This is a really significant habitat and, due to the tidal changes, there are a large variety of wetland and migratory birds.

“So observing them and other species will be a big part of the day.”

Co-ordinated by Te Wherowhero Restoration Trust and supported by DoC and the Tairawhiti Environment Centre, the emphasis is on bringing people together who care about the lagoon and deepening community understanding of the significance of the area: both culturally and ecologically.

The bioblitz will run from 9.30am-3pm and participants are asked to meet at the end of Browns Beach Road, Manutuke at 9am.

Bring a rain coat, drink bottle and covered footwear.

If it is raining, the day will be postponed until the following weekend.

For more information please feel free to contact Soraya Pohatu on 021 184 2251 or Charles Barrie on 06 869 0460.

A bioblitz is planned this Saturday at Te Wherowhero lagoon as part of an ongoing restoration project.

The bioblitz is a fun and interactive ecological education day with an emphasis on citizen science, learning about the environment and participating in a range of practical science activities.

Te Wherowhero Restoration Trust is organising the community citizen science day to highlight the unique features of the lagoon.

Te Wherowhero Lagoon is approximately 160ha in size and situated at the base of Young Nick’s Head (Te Kuri a Paoa).

It is one of the few estuarine lagoons in this region and is a habitat for many migratory birds such as the godwit and royal spoonbill and also culturally significant as the landing place of the Horouta waka.

Department of Conservation community engagement supervisor Charles Barrie said bioblitzes were a great way to bring people together to learn about the region’s landscapes of significance.

“People enjoy Muriwai beaches and this is an opportunity to discover how many other species live there and learn more about them.

“We will learn more about the wildlife, the sand dunes and the waterways.

“This is a really significant habitat and, due to the tidal changes, there are a large variety of wetland and migratory birds.

“So observing them and other species will be a big part of the day.”

Co-ordinated by Te Wherowhero Restoration Trust and supported by DoC and the Tairawhiti Environment Centre, the emphasis is on bringing people together who care about the lagoon and deepening community understanding of the significance of the area: both culturally and ecologically.

The bioblitz will run from 9.30am-3pm and participants are asked to meet at the end of Browns Beach Road, Manutuke at 9am.

Bring a rain coat, drink bottle and covered footwear.

If it is raining, the day will be postponed until the following weekend.

For more information please feel free to contact Soraya Pohatu on 021 184 2251 or Charles Barrie on 06 869 0460.

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