I have now been using iNaturalist.nz, formerly known as NatureWatch, for about a year. It has been a fantastic tool not only to upload my own observations but to learn from the rest of users as well. As a part of one of my masters papers I wrote an essay about the positive outcomes of citizen science towards Earth stewardship.
A while ago I had the pleasure to read the book "Seashores, an ecological guide" by Julian Cremona. I knew rocky shores were highly rich ecosystems but this book increased my curiosity so I decided to go exploring the rock pools down by the beach. I undusted my old compact Lumix and water case and spent a few days having a go at underwater photography as the water was quite warm (about two months ago). In the process I learned heaps, discovered species I never heard of and came across some really interesting websites.
Today I had the pleasure to speak at the Auckland NZ Dotterel Forum organised by Auckland Council in Orewa. It was a great opportunity to let other volunteers, council and DOC staff know how things have been in Piha during this past breeding season. It's been also great to hear the stories from people managing dotterels in other parts of the country.
A few months ago, Auckland Council advertised a volunteer position to monitor the pair of New Zealand Dotterel nesting at Piha. Since I like shorebirds and I live a few minutes away from the beach, it would have been silly not to come forward. This is what happened after.
Tiritiri Matangi is a pest-free, sanctuary Island located in the Hauraki Gulf in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. According to experts, Tiritiri It's one of the best places in the country for bird spotting.
The Hillary Trail is a stunning multi-day hike across the Waitekere Ranges regional park. Featuring native forest and coastal landscapes, the Hillary is probably the best and most strenuous walk in the Auckland area. It sounded like the perfect plan for this Queen's Birthday long weekend..