Coming weka counting with us this month?
Are you interested in joining WekaWatch for the 2019 counts?
Every autumn since 2006 WekaWatch volunteers have monitored the local population of endangered North Island weka. In September 2018 an extra count found a core population of 12 weka. There have been recent sightings of unbanded weka, even from beside the Orere Road and we are looking for volunteers to join our 2019 counts to confirm these reports.
The count sites are on private land; access to them is only possible with the co-operation of the landowners. On count nights these sites provide outstanding views across the Bay and sea to the Coromandel, stunning at sunset .
There are three count nights planned, March 16th, 23rd, and the 30th.
Counts run from half an hour before sunset to an hour after sunset, when weka are most likely to call to each other. Counts depend on the weather; April 6th is the rain date. After each count volunteers are debriefed over refreshments, a good opportunity to meet the other volunteers.
Feeling reasonably fit? Want to see the Bay from a different angle? WekaWatch would love to hear from you if you would like to take part. There are one or two longer walks for the more energetic.
Do contact WekaWatch at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and they will contact you directly.
Our secretary has reluctantly had to retire. We’d love to have someone to take on one or two of the admin tasks like taking minutes at our infrequent committee meetings and perhaps help our treasurer with membership records. No trapping is required! Do get in touch if you might be able to help!
Our 11th AGM will be held in the supper room at the Kawakawa Bay Hall on Saturday 30th March at 3.00 p.m.