1) An ongoing participation with the Department of Conservation in a stoat control project in the Makarora Valley, to protect a breeding area of the native Mohua (Yellowhead) and other native birds.
2) Inspecting and making submissions in response to tenure reviews of high country properties.
3) Arranging weekly weed-control and native planting on the foreshore of Lake Hawea
4) Weed-clearing and replanting in the Lindis Pass reserve
5) Numerous Planting Events and Wildling Pine Control Efforts
Increasing concern over the dwindling mohua population at Makarora led the Central Otago – Lakes Branch of Forest & Bird to establish a predator trapping programme in 1998, in conjunction with DoC. Trap lines were set out along the Bridle Track below Haast Pass, and around the Blue Pools tracks. In the ensuing 20 years, the programme has increased its trapping network and now operates 400 rat, stoat and possum traps on 10 lines, with two 100-m trap grids covering areas with particularly high biodiversity values.
The programme is guided by a Makarora Predator Control Operational Plan, developed by DoC and F&B in 2017.
We hope volunteers will enjoy being part of Forest and Bird, meeting other like-minded volunteers, spending time out in the fresh air and contributing the the improvement of their local environment.
Fit and field-capable volunteers, with some tramping experience are required to maintain these traps. Practical skills with tools would be handy.
Hours are flexible and weather dependent for one or two days a month, however ideally volunteers are not restricted to weekends, as hours are flexible and weather-dependant: one or two days a month.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.