Kaipātiki Local Board and Pest Free Kaipātiki are inviting residents of all ages to get involved and register for this year's upcoming Citizen Science Month.
A launch event, open to all, will take place between 8.45am and 4.30pm on Sunday 28 July at Kauri Park School in Beach Haven. It will feature celebrity guest speaker Suzy Cato and will mark the beginning of Citizen Science Month for 2019.
The event will be both fun and educational - providing those interested with more information, training, refreshments and fun challenges for prizes.
“Everybody can contribute to science,” says Pest Free Kaipātiki spokesperson Fiona Smal.
“We’d love the support and participation of people of all ages, right across the Kaipātiki Local Board area.”
“This year, we have enlisted the support of reserve groups and schools across Kaipātiki. We’re looking forward to working with them to gain more keen eyes on the ground, to carry out important monitoring work and various site assessments,” she says.
“Citizen Science Month is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and expand our communities understanding of pest eradication work currently being undertaken in our area, teach people new skills, and get residents of all ages working together in a coordinated manner to achieving a common shared goal,” says Smal.
There are many different ways people can get involved in Citizen Science Month in their local neighbourhood. These include the following:
- Identify and record destructive pest plants
- Explore our forests and detect predators
- Assess the health of our local rivers and streams
- Monitor our native birds and wildlife
- Photograph the urban forest to help us track positive change
The results provided by those involved will assist Pest Free Kaipātiki to track progress in restoring our local native bush and wildlife.
Join in to make this Auckland’s largest, most effective and exciting citizen science project ever.