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Living Waters Matter #1 - December 2014
 
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Christmas is a special time of being thankful for all of the wonderful blessings in our lives.
 

We humbly say THANK YOU to all our volunteers for all your dedication!

     
    May all the blessings of the holiday
           linger in your home, 
           surround you throughout the season
           and be yours to keep.

 
Tangatapu Wetland
 
Ever wondered about the pronunciation. According to Aunty Ma it is “tangata-pu” not “tanga-tapu”.

There were three major floods at Tangatapu this year damaging puriri and manuka. See photo above. But on the whole plants are strong and growing well.

 
Several community releasing days have been held clearing those new plants from rambling kikuyu and invasive weeds. Thanks to all those how participate, more help is always welcome!

An informative and fun
bird identification and counting day
was held on 25 Oct
- more on this below -
Wairoa Stream

We have successfully obtained a $5,000 grant from Whangaroa-Bay of Islands Community in support of this work.
Thanks a million!

Preparation is underway for clearing dense weeds upstream of existing planting toward Samaree Reserve ready for planting in 2015. Thanks to FNDC staff for their fabulous support.

 
Pause one day
by the Cobham Road Bridge
and walk downstream
to the newly installed picnic table.

Maintenance of our previous plantings is ongoing by a core team led by Rod Brown.
It’s looking pretty good!
The Bird Identification and Awareness Workshop at Tangatapu Wetland on the
25th October attracted 12 enthusiastic birders.

At the remnant forest by the bridge, we were flushed off the road by the constant stream of holiday traffic, and attempts to raise a banded rail in the swamp with a somewhat dodgy recording resulted in a fruitless first attempt of a bird count

Seeking out a quieter place we walked alongside the Tangatapu wetland, where Chris Richmond recounted the history of the restoration project.   Plantings from 2013 and 2014 have already produced flowering manuka trees for beekeepers, and excitedly the flock of breeding fernbirds has increased from 5 pairs to roughly 20 pairs.

We continued our walk along the tranquil Whangamumu Track, stopping at various points when bird song was heard.
A friendly male Tomtit entertained us for quite a while, flitting from tree to tree as if following us.
 
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Maungaparerua Stream

November saw a NEW community project initiated to restore the Maungaparerua Stream. The community group is going strong and looking forward to learning about water quality testing in February.

New traps have been laid and a stoat has been caught already.

This stream runs parallel to Puketotara Road and is recognised as an important wildlife stepping stone between remnant and restoring forests.
 
We look forward to watching this grow!



 
We were lucky to have the extremely knowledgeable ‘Birds New Zealand’ representative, Les Feasey, with us.

The following 16 species were
sighted or heard:


2 Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata)
3 Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora)
2 Ring-necked Pheasant
(Phasianus colchicus)

1 Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio)
1 Shining Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus)
1 Sacred Kingfisher
(Todiramphus sanctus)

2 Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)
3 Grey Warbler (Gerygone igata)
2 New Zealand Fantail
(Rhipidura fuliginosa)

3 Tomtit/Snares Tomtit
(Petroica macrocephala)

2 Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
5 Fernbird (Megalurus punctatus)
5 Silver-eye (Zosterops lateralis)
1 Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)
2 Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
2 European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)
 
Thanks to Lindsay Alexander and Chris Richmond for making the eventful day a success.
 
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