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Become a Citizen Scientist! Weds 6-13 Jan 2016

Plague skinkThe Eastern Bay of Islands Preservation Society invites all residents and visiting families in the Eastern Bay of Islands to take part in a fun project for one week from Wed 6th January to Wed 13th January.

 

"With your help we plan to gather as much data as we can about the distribution of Argentine ants, rats, stoats and plague skinks in the the area between Te Rawhiti and Dicks Bay."

These introduced species are a major threat to New Zealand’s fragile ecosystems and keeping them under control will allow our native flora and fauna to thrive. The Islands of Ipipiri have been cleared of non-native plants and animals and it is vital that we help keep the Islands pest free so that The Guardians can continue the successful reintroduction of en-dangered New Zealand flora and fauna.

"The information you gather will be used to help to give us a better understanding of the ex-tent and distribution of these species from which we can plan more efficient control methods into the future."

Each household, that volunteers to take part, will be issued with an Activity Pack. There will be detailed instructions on how to gather the information we need as well as the equip-ment needed to gather the data, such as a tracking tunnel, ant traps and baits. The Activity Pack will also include competitions for the kids. At the end of the week the packs and data from each property will be collected.

"We have some great prizes for the kids plus the chance to go into the Grand Prize Draw to win one of 2 Family Passes, kindly do-nated by Explore Group. To help inform our Citizen Scientists we would like to invite you to come along to 439 Manawaora Road at 6.30pm on Thursday 7th January when Angela Newport from DOC will be sharing her knowledge about Argentine ants and plague skinks."

For more information on how to obtain your Activity Pack please call
Louise Dews 09 4037571 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sandra Scowen 09 4038537 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sarah Yates 0275 333 580

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