Introduction

Ongoing/dates vary: Help restore the forest and wildlife in Tararua Forest Park with Project Kaka.

Date

Year round (lower frequency of trap checking through winter)

Description

Kaka at Holdsworth. Photo: Joe Hansen.
Kaka at Holdsworth

If you are interested in participating in and contributing to conservation, come and be a part of Project Kaka. Help us restore the forest and its wildlife within 22,000 ha of Tararua Forest Park.

The project takes place at Donnelly Flat, located at the Holdsworth Road end, Mount Holdsworth Road, 20 km from Masterton.

Tasks

  • Checking and rebaiting stoat traps (DOC 200)
  • Checking and rebaiting possum traps (Timms)
  • Checking and rebaiting rat traps (Victor)
  • Monitoring rats using tracking tunnels
  • Monitoring possums using wax tags
  • Bird monitoring

Note: Traps checked fortnightly during Spring/Summer and monthly during Winter.

What to expect

You need to be able to commit to ongoing control and/or monitoring.

Fitness required: Reasonable level of fitness

Experience required: Able to record data with a high degree of accuracy. This job is not for the squeamish - you should have experience, or want to gain experience, in trapping, bird monitoring amd pest monitoring.

Training: Volunteers will be provided with the appropriate training and equipment required for the pest control and monitoring at Donnelly Flat.

Trapping results summary

The DOC 200 traps were first set on 5 October 2010, Timms traps first set on 10 November 2010 and Victor traps were first set on 5 October 2011.

Year 1: October 2010 – September 2011
  RatStoatMouseWeaselHedgehogPossum
DOC 200 trap 54 7 8 2 7  
Timms trap 12         152
Year 2: October 2011 – September 2012
  RatStoatMouseWeaselHedgehogPossumHare
DOC 200 trap 66 5 15        
Timms trap 4   1     20 1
Victor trap 283 1 254        
Year 3: October 2012 – August 2013
  RatStoatMouseWeaselHedgehogPossumHareCatOther
DOC 200 trap 46 18 18 2       1  
Timms trap 21   2   1 15      
Victor trap 152 8 583 2 1       1
Year 4: October 2013 - September 2014
  RatStoatMouseWeaselHedgehogPossumHareCatOther
DOC 200 trap 42  3  4    1        
Timms trap  2  1        14      
Victor trap
28  1  10    1  1      
Year 5: October 2014 - September 2015
  RatStoatMouseWeaselHedgehogPossumHareCatOther
DOC 200 trap  78  2  20          2  
Timms trap  3    9      8      
Victor trap  47  1  390            
Year 6: October 2015 - April 2016
  RatStoatMouseWeaselHedgehogPossumHareCatOther
DOC 200 trap 32 4          
 1
Timms trap  1   1     15      
Victor trap 123
28            

How to apply

Apply on the online registration form for individuals or download the group volunteer registration form (PDF, 47K) and send it to the address below.

Contact

Email: volunteer-wairarapa@doc.govt.nz

Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
Phone:   +64 6 377 0700
Address:   Departmental Building
31 Chapel Street
Masterton
Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
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