Fantail Monitoring

FantailThe results of our fantail monitoring show we started the season with 14 pairs and one single. Six months later after a long dry summer we had 15 pairs and 3 singles. The slight increase suggests that at least a few pairs successfully fledged young during the season.

Fantail monitoring is another method of checking how good our trapping effort is, technically referred to as non-target impact monitoring.
This first seasons data sets a benchmark from which future comparisons can be made, and the longer we do this the more value the data has.
To explain, as a benchmark we don’t yet know whether the variation between spring and autumn is “normal” or whether 14 pairs is “typical” density for the springs area, but once we’ve counted at the same time of year for a few years then we’ll start to see trends and hopefully we’ll see an increase as we reduce the numbers of predators.
At minimum, this seasons data shows that we have at least maintained the status quo, if not enabled some successful breeding to take place. However, fantail numbers can fluctuate considerably from year to year depending on how severe the winter is. Young birds often succumb to the cold, so the number of pairs present at the start of next season (September 2013) should really tell us something.
Keep up the great work! - Kerry

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Tourgroup planted Traveller’s Trees

On 10th April our 6th group of American tourists visited our lovely springs late on Wednesday afternoon.
They planted two ‘toothed lancewoods’ as a group.


Yet again, Josh their tour guide is very supportive of our Society and continues to bring guests to our area away from the normal commercial areas to give them a taste of local activities.
Thanks to various members who hosted, walked, talked and enjoyed their company. GPS co-ords will be forwarded to the visitors via email once recorded by the mapping team.


Regards - Kerry

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Traveller’s Trees Update

On 3rd Feb our 5th group of American tourists visited our lovely springs late on Sunday afternoon.


They planted two trees as shown in the photos

Yet again, Josh their tour guide is very supportive of our Society and continues to bring guests to our area away from the normal commercial areas to give them a taste of local activities.
Thanks to various members who arrived to walk, talk and enjoy their company and partake of a light afternoon tea.
GPS co-ordinates:
Girl’s Tree No 701 Lat. South 38.030553; Long East 176.256196;
Men’s Tree No 147 Lat South 38.030450; Long East 176.256123.


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Start of 2013 Working Days

This Saturday, 23rd. February, is the start of our new years working days.
Meet as usual in the carpark at 9.30am where we will have our Health & Safety pep talk, then go to our allocated tasks for the day.images

We will be concentrating on getting water to stressed plants and clearing some of the foliage around them – the rain we have had is not enough, so tools for the day will be buckets, spades, (and no we are not building sandcastles) weedeaters, anything along this line. We hopefully will have the fire pump going to help with the water dispersal as well.
Please bring a hat and plenty of fluids – this heat is crippling to us all, not just the plants.

We will follow with a light lunch at the usual venue – a salad and/or sweet donation is always greatly appreciated. If you are able to let me know numbers for lunch in advance I would really appreciate it as well.

And finally if you can’t make it to this work day, hopefully we will see you on March 23rd work day.
Kind regards as always
Cherry Douglas

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Movie: Drift Dive in our River

Found on the internet by Lorraine:

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Twilight Golf in 2013

Golf Club secretary Dough McNaughton wishes to inform everybody that Twilight Golf  (every Friday from 4.30 pm) recommences at January 11th. 2013

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What once Was…

Not long ago Jerry and I spoke about his fantastic old postcards that he was so kind to share with all of us on this website. I told him I have been taking photos of our beloved reserve since Henny and I arrived in New Zealand nine years ago.
A number of them show “what once was” and have been removed or replaced since, such as the old carpark, old bridges, information boards and of course the old main spring platforms.
He then suggested to sort them out and encouraged me to publish them under the History button also. So that’s what I did.
Herma Snel

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4th visit American Tourists

Sunday Dec. 2nd at 9 am was our 4th visit by American tourists.
Tour guide Josh Riddell enjoys bringing his tour groups to the Springs Reserve, where they are met by HSIS volunteers. They love the walk up through the Redwoods to the Hangarua Spring platforms, before being treated to morning or afternoon tea while planting 2 native trees donated by Josh.
So this is a unique experience for the tourists who actually get to meet some local Kiwis. They also make contributions to the HSIS. On this occasion six of the visitors paid a sub. and joined the Society as International Members.

Lady’s Tree

Men’s Tree

Morning Tea

The next visit will be in Feb. 2013.

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This Saturday 24th.Nov.

Good afternoon everyone, this Saturday is our last scheduled workday for the year.
We will be concentrating on more of a clean up day, especially after the contractors doing the tree clearing have made a bit of a mess over the main bridge.
Some weed eating, two machines will be available that belong to the Society, some weed spraying (under supervision of a ticketed operator), some mowing. We will not have a fire this time, but will leave until our February work day.

Meet and greet in the carpark at 9.30am, H & S talk, go to preferred task areas and finally relax over a wonderful leisurely lunch afterwards at the usual venue at say 12.30 onwards. Bring your preferred tipple (drink), and any contributions towards lunch in the form of a salad and/or sweet would be gratefully appreciated. Any indication of numbers for lunch would be appreciated, but not critical.
We hope you can find the time to join us and reflect on what great things we have achieved over the past 10 months.

As always in the first instance contact John 3322767 or myself 3322474 should you need to discuss any aspect of the days planned activities

And finally the Hamurana Play centre spring fair is on Sunday 25th 10.00am – 2pm in the lakefront area across from the Golf club. Come along and support them.

Cherry Douglas

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Tourgroup Visiting and Planting

‘On a stunning, late-Spring afternoon on Sat. Nov. 10th., members of the Society hosted the 3rd. group of American tourists to visit the Springs, thanks to the wonderful support of their tour leader Josh Riddell.
Josh has been bringing American tourists to the Reserve for a while, but it was early this year that he conceived the idea that the tourists might enjoy planting a couple of trees in the Reserve to mark their visit, at the same time meeting and being guided by a few locals. Who better than the HSIS to make this happen ?

Josh very generously pays for the trees himself and he informs the group that if any of them wish to make a donation to the Society during their visit, it would be welcomed.
The weather was brilliant when 15 visitors plus Josh were met in the Carpark by John Rainbow, Cherry Douglas, Barry and Lyn Menzies and Sally French, plus dogs.
After a brief introduction by John, to the Reserve and it’s history, the tourists were led up through the Redwoods to the viewing platforms, before heading to the Traveller’s Trees area to plant a Kahikitea and a Putaputaweta, purchased from Treeline Nurseries, Kaharoa.

Jerry Douglas then presided over a superb afternoon tea, including some great baking by Lynn and Sally and Cherry ! They returned to the Carpark via the Ynys Fraser Walkway, sun still shining, after a very convivial 2 hours at the Reserve.

Next group due in about 3 weeks, then a break through to Feb. 2013.
John Rainbow,
President HSIS
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