I was lucky enough to cover for the resident ranger in Motuihe Isand Te Motu-a-Ihenga for a weekend and the experience didn't disappoint!
Described as a "typical slice of the Hauraki Gulf" by the East Coast Bays Coastal Protection Society.(who led the MPA process back in the day), the Long Bay-Okura marine reserve hosts a good variety of nudibranches.
Using the iNaturalist-Mātaki Taiao API I was able to obtain a dataset of verified and geo-referenced observations from the different no-take marine reserves of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
A website I have been working on the past few months, Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Alliance, went live recently.
The excellent Leaflet.js is one of my preferred tools when building interactive online maps. And so is the aerial Basemaps service from Land Information New Zealand. Here I share a couple of tricks I usually apply each time I combine the two.
Since Auckland Council released the Kauri Dieback Report in 2017, some media outlets (and other platforms/sites) have made use of the following (or similar) statement: "70% of infected trees are within 50m of a walking track". Four years later I have a look at council data from the Waitākere Ranges which tells a different story.
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