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Bring back the Birds to Auckland's Parks

Provider: Conservation Volunteers New Zealand

Region: Auckland




Help increase Auckland's biodiversity through predator control. Animal pests compete with native birds for food and raid their nests for chicks and eggs. They also feed on a wide range of native plants, lizards and invertebrates. Volunteers are needed to maintain and extend Auckland City Council's network of animal pest control in the following reserves, Tahuna Torea, Kepa Bush, Waikowhai, Auckland Domain and Waiatarua. Other areas will be added to the pest control network as volunteer numbers build up. Volunteers will receive training in all aspects of possum and rat control including health and safety precautions, correct trap handling and record keeping. Volunteers can commit to regular or irregular animal pest control visits. Each visit includes one and a half hours walking through native bush on defined tracks, releasing, baiting and resetting rodent and possum traps and recording info. on catches. Predator control working bees will be held on the first Saturday of most months. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of 12 months, be comfortable working alone in forested areas and live locally to the pest control area.  

Skills required

No skills required as training will be given - all levels of experience welcome - but must be reasonably fit and comfortable with working on your own in the bush.

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