*DOC senior biodiversity ranger Jim Livingstone has a way with words when it comes to our latest Abel Tasman residents. *
We were delighted to welcome 72 new pāteke at Hadfield Clearing on Thursday 3 May.
The fantastic success of last years pāteke / brown teal translocation will see DOC and Project Janszoon release 70 more of the rare dabbling ducks near Awaroa next month.
Like a bloodhound, sniffing out an elusive prey DOC biodiversity ranger Steve Deverell has been out hunting. And the results of his efforts is good news for a rare species in the upper reaches of the Park.
*It has been a busy start to the year for our education team who report that students are really enthused about heading into the Park.*
*As part of our series on place names in the Park author Dave Hansford takes a look at Hadfield Clearing and the family whose name Is forever entwined with it.*
The objectives of Project Janszoon’s planting projects on the foreshore in Abel Tasman National Park are to reduce the fire risk to the national park and to help build resilience in native foreshore ecosystems. Some area of foreshore can be stable for long periods of time, but it is a dynamic ecosystem and will always be subject to damage in extreme weather events. Sandspits will always be subject to fluctuations where there is an estuary subject to high water flows. The recent cyclone events gives us a lot of information that we can build on as to where we should plant and where we should leave nature to do the work.
Project Janszoon is delighted to launch a new conservation education scholarship which will support future environmental leaders from the Nelson / Tasman region.
Gardeners in the Nelson Tasman region are pitching in to help save a plant on the brink of extinction in the wild.
The Young Leaders Hui that Ihaka, Tamu, Maddie and I were given the amazing chance to go to was absolutely amazing. Getting to meet our collaborative cousins from around New Zealand and to put our heads together, discuss common challenges and learn new approaches to environmental conservation was extremely insightful for me as it opened my eyes up to all the different ways things could be dealt with as well as dispelling the illusion of “no one cares and I’m all alone”. Spending time with everyone was so inspiring, it gave me a boost of motivation and passion that I didn’t know I lacked until I had it. Everybody there was so into their projects and I feel so privileged to know them and be able to call them my friends. I learnt, played, explored and laughed with people I managed to become unimaginably close to in such a short period of time and I loved every moment I had there and never wanted to leave.
Follow our journey as we discover the secrets of this most iconic of National Parks and help nature restore its diverse ecology. Meet the birds, animals and plants that will benefit from this restoration and those that we hope to return to their former glory.