Sound counts

Sound counts

It’s not about the number of pests you remove from the environment, it is how well the native flora and fauna is recovering. And that can be quite hard to monitor! Apart from anecdotal reports from locals that they see more birds (which is great!) or have seen a...
OK Boomer!

OK Boomer!

The Matuku isn’t our namesake for nothing, it is a very special bird. They are cryptic birds so we need to know more about them. Developing a database of where they were heard will increase awareness of matuku presence generally and add to knowledge of their...
Kauri and kereru

Kauri and kereru

As written by Linda Ruthe: When Liz March (local photographer), needed to take photos of Kauri, she kindly invited me to go with her to Matuku Link. There, we dutifully disinfected our shoes and walked up a track to where Kauri grow amongst companions. I spent some...
A picture is worth…

A picture is worth…

… a thousand words? Even more in our case I image, as it is very hard to describe a leaf of a tree, a rare bird or the energy of a group of volunteers. That is why we are extremely blessed to have not one, not two but THREE semi-professional photographers in our...
Winter Working Bee

Winter Working Bee

Planting has never been so easy…with the ground soft and muddy, it was more akin to ladling chocolate pudding than our usual sweat-inducing exercise trying to dig a hole! In some cases this did result in mud actually flowing into shoes and sneakers, creating...
Track and trace

Track and trace

How do we know we’re looking after a very special habitat? Because of the birds that use it! And how do we know who are here? Monitoring and careful observations work well, plus some clever new tools like audio and drone monitoring. Banded rail used to inhabit...