Ducks Unlimited
Issue 175

Issue 175

September 2018

 

  • 2018 conference round-up
  • Six go wild in Santa Fe
  • Scholarship opportunities

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The 2018 AGM in Hamilton is over for the year and a great success it was, with about 50 people attending the Saturday night dinner and auction. Just under $5000 was raised thanks to the persistence of auctioneer Dan Steele. I am delighted to welcome two new members onto the…
The DUNZ Board has two new members, elected at the AGM in July. Liz Brook, after giving up working for various newspapers, both as an editor and as a news photographer, mainly in the Wellington area, and then several stints as a stand-in editor, was the former editor of Flight.…
  Where to from here will be the big question facing the DUNZ Board in the coming year. President Ross Cottle, in opening the formal business of the 44th AGM, said that, with an ageing membership and fewer members keen to do the work, the future direction of Ducks Unlimited…
Neil Candy reported that Jim Law had replaced Ken Cook as a trustee on the Waterfowl and Wetland Trust, which was “ticking along really well” with more than $500,000 in the bank. Wetland Care Reporting on the work of Wetland Care, Will Abel said $10,800 had been spent on three…
Peat lakes and battle sites were the main themes of this year’s bus trip at conference courtesy of Ducks Unlimited’s knowledgeable tour guide Tony Roxburgh.   Tony is the Waipa District Council’s heritage and museum manager and he also wears another hat – as Wetland Trust of New Zealand Chair…
Maybe - but not just yet   Counting every rat, mouse or mustelid trapped may be satisfying, but it is irrelevant in the war against predators and may be lulling us into a false sense of security, guest speaker Professor Carolyn (Kim) King told DU members at the conference.  …
Graham Gurr goes in search of a golden dorado. The Judge and I have been hunting and fishing together for more than 30 years, but for some reason, the Judge had never managed to hunt in South America whenever I was going. This was our year.   As soon as…
Stevie Waring has been looking into the benefits of nurse trees in wetlands restoration at Wairio. Wetlands are ecologically important, biologically rich habitats that support a vast range of habitats for plants, animals and soil microbes. Swamps are a category of wetland that are dominated by flood-tolerant trees, which thrive…
Ducks Unlimited Canada members Len and Pat Everett spent several months in New Zealand this year, partly to avoid winter at home in British Columbia. They visited the Whakamanu Wildlife Trust sanctuary at Manunui near Ruapehu and enjoyed helping out with a North Island brown kiwi’s health check-up. The Canadian…
Symposium in Napier The National Wetland Restoration Symposium will be held in Napier on 26-28 September, with Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage delivering the opening keynote address. The theme for this year’s symposium is Living Wetlands in the Living Landscape. Other speakers are Australian ecologist Matt Herring and the new CEO…
The spotless crake or puweto is only half the size of a blackbird and extremely shy but Dr Emma Williams and DOC ranger Rose Graham are experts at getting them to reveal themselves. Emma and Rose teamed up this year on a project to monitor spotless crakes in Waikato’s peat…
DUNZ farewells great supporter Robin Borthwick, a long-time member of DUNZ of 30-plus years, passed away  in July at 80 years of age. Rob was a great supporter and always bid up well at our annual dinner and auctions, as well as donating Borthwick Wines. He farmed for most of…
Ramsar officials visited the Wairio wetland in March during their visit to Wellington, the host city for the Oceania preparatory meeting in the lead-up to the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) to be held in October 2018 in Dubai.    The meeting in March was attended by eight contracting…
Interested in studying wetland birds or wetland restoration? – the Wetland Care scholarship could be for you! Background/purpose Wetland Care research scholarships are Ducks Unlimited-sponsored scholarships applicable to any student currently enrolled or affiliated with a New Zealand university. Funds are aimed at encouraging and supporting students who wish to…