Waitakere Branch Walks and Talks

Third Thursday Talk: Thursday 20th July 7:30pm: Dr Wilma Blom, Curator Marine Invertebrates at Auckland Museum

What makes BioBlitz an Effective Citizen Science Tool?

The very first BioBlitz, held in Washington DC in 1996, invited the public and media to assist a group of over 90 scientists as a first attempt to survey the biodiversity within a 700 acre park over a 24 hour period. Now, many years later the concept of BioBlitz as a citizen science initiative has grown tremendously, and BioBlitz events are taking place in many countries around the world. It has morphed into many different versions of the early model, and there have been bush blitzes, spider blitzes, miniblitzes, blogger blitzes, blitzes held over longer than 24 hours.
BioBlitz was brought to New Zealand by Landcare Research in 2004 and in 2014 Auckland Museum took over the organization of this version for the Auckland Region. After the 2015 BioBlitz vent Auckland Museum ran a stakeholder workshop to evaluate the current strategy and we came to a number of conclusions. Come hear what these are. Venue:  Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd.  Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. Koha appreciated to cover hall hire. For further information ph Liz 0274 762732 lizanstey@hotmail.com

 Thursday 17th August 7.30 pm

Election Special with candidates debating conservation and environmental issues.

An opportunity to hear various candidates speak on important environmental and conservation issues that are important to people in West Auckland. Venue: Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd.  Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. Koha appreciated to cover hall hire. For further information ph Liz 0274 762732 lizanstey@hotmail.com

 3rd Thursday Talk: Thursday 21st September 7:30pm
Ben Goodwin - Keeper on the Ectotherms section at Auckland Zoo.

The Wetapunga, NZ's Largest Insect
 The Wetapunga Deinacrida heteracantha once inhabited forests from Auckland northwards and the islands of the Hauraki gulf but it’s range was hugely reduced following the introduction of rats. For one hundred years, the species was restricted to a single island - Te Hauturu o Toi, Little Barrier island, but with the help of captive breeding, it’s range is expanding once more. This talk will cover the species natural (and un-natural) history, its discovery, its decline, the complexities of its captive breeding, its restoration and what can be expected from it in the future. Venue: Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd.  Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. Koha appreciated to cover hall hire. For further information ph Liz 0274 762732 lizanstey@hotmail.com

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