by Sue Hensley
In town the first few blossoms are making an appearance despite it feeling like anything but winter. At Orokonui the first flowers of the native fuchsia (kotukutuku) are blossoming on the leafless trunks and branches providing an important food source for the nectar feeders. You may see an occasional bellbird sporting a blue cap gained when feeding amongst the fuchsia pollen.
Matariki events went well and the shifting clouds at dawn enabled people on tour with Kane Holmes to see this star cluster. Some like me, saw it for the first time. Not really surprising as it’s quite faint as it competes with the lightening morning sky and otherwise is generally out at unsociable times! Walking down the Valley was a first for some and Kane treated the group to a wonderful narrative of wildlife and plant knowledge. The welcome at Te Whanau Arohanui in Waitati was warm and wonderful flax and flute items were made.
Enhancing biodiversity, collaboration and networking to improve landscape functioning are some of the aims of The Landscape Connections Trust (LCT). A forum for individuals, landowners, community groups, iwi and management agencies will be held on Saturday August 2nd, 1.30-5.30pm at Orokonui Ecosanctuary. This is specifically for our area. Read more in last month’s Blueskin News. Book in with Rhys Millar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For events and information visit www.orokonui.org.nz or Facebook. The Visitor Centre is open daily.