Helen popped in to see Russel this weekend and caught up on progress. Our trap boxes for the Braided River Project are well underway and we’re one step closer to that predator free goal. Great work Rusty.
With the help of contractors Mike and Pat from WMIL (Wildlife Management International Limited) the RDWT held its first braided river bird survey over this weekend. We were blessed with great weather and willing volunteers to achieve our goal of walking approximately 20 km stretches of both the Rees and the Dart rivers finishing at the delta.
All expected species of birds were encountered in varying numbers – black billed gull, wrybill, black fronted tern, black backed gull, South Island pied oyster catcher, wrybill and banded dotterel. An unexpected sighting of a godwit on the Paradise Beach (before the start of the survey) was a bonus!
On receipt of the written report on our findings from WMIL we will have a baseline population to work from. Surveys will be done yearly for the next two years and then at longer intervals.
We are delighted to announce that Russell Varcoe from Glenorchy, has won the contract to help us with the set up phase of the Braided Rivers project. We had many high quality applicants. We are currently finalising the contract and a timetable for this crucially important phase of our project. We look forward to working with Russell in the weeks and months ahead.
Following its feature article about the trust in March of this year, the Otago Daily Times has published a follow up article. Thank you to the ODT.
Wonderful news for our Braided Rivers project. We have been awarded $100,000 by Central Lakes Trust. Thank you to the CLT. This means we have the capital funds to trap on the Dart and Rees rivers. We are now midway through a recruitment process for a contractor to do the work for us. All the applicants are excellent. It will be a tough decision.
Eiji Kitai, a Greenstone Track hut warden from Queenstown, is spending four months this summer walking the Te Araroa Trail enjoying the environment, meeting new people and spreading the word about the projects of the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust. Starting in September, he will spend two months in the North Island and then, after his summer employment, resume walking in April – to complete the South Island section of the trail by the end of May. Eiji has met many Te Araroa walkers over the years as they pass through his hut. This inspired him to head out and experience the 3000 km walk himself. If you want to help Eiji support the RDWT, please go to the RDWT website and donate. One cent a kilometre is $30, ten cents is $300. Follow his progress here or on our Facebook page.
We are delighted to announce that Real Journeys have chosen the trust to be one of only two recipients of money from their annual winter ball, which will be in August and held at Walter’s Peak. This is excellent and exciting news for us. Thank you Real Journeys. Here is a link to the flyer advertising the event. RJ advert
Great news about our Braided Rivers project. We have been awarded $35,000 by Otago Regional Council and $30,000 by Otago Community Trust. This is excellent news and means we can start planning to roll out the project. Thank you very much to both ORC and OCT.
We have just started our fund raising campaign for the Braided Rivers project. We have had our first success. Thank you to the Greenwood Environmental Trust in Wellington. Your $1500 is a welcome start.
We have had a busy few months writing business plans, feasibility studies and planning our future. We will continue our work with Projects Rock Wren and Routeburn and start a project on the braided Dart and Rees rivers. We will also raise our profile and improve our news and communication processes, including our website, social media and newsletters. We will do this for two reasons – to increase awareness of our conservation agenda and to support our fundraising plans. We will also start planning the production of a promotional film about our work and the local conservation story.