Saturday, 22 September 2007

Orokonui Ecosanctuary column

The ecosanctuary office is up and running and is being housed (until
the visitor centre is built) in the garage on Blueskin Rd. The garage
is in a lovely sunny spot with a fantastic view, but unfortunately for
Chris our General Manager, has no north-facing windows to take
advantage of this. Most of the office equipment has been generously
donated and Paul Clements provided valuable know-how and labour to
install it. The phone number for the office is 482 1755.

The first aerial drop of brodifacoum (rat poison) on August 21st went
well. The second drop is planned for the middle of October. Remember
DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN OR DOGS AROUND THE ECOSANCTUARY PERIMETER AND DO
NOT HANDLE OR REMOVE ANY BAIT OR DEAD ANIMALS FROM THE ECOSANCTUARY
PERIMETER until the signs are removed.

One of the big tasks at present is the cutting of pest monitoring
tracks. The 300 ha of the ecosanctuary is being divided up into a
network of 50m x 50m grids. Monitoring tunnels will be placed in each
grid with a lure of peanut butter and an ink pad to record any
footprints. This way we will know how successful the eradication has
been.

For further information on the ecosanctuary see our box at the
Blueskin Bay Library or visit www.orokonui.org.nz . A fact sheet on
the aerial drop is available at the library and the shop.

by Sue Hensley

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