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Introduction

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

Date

Year round (lower frequency of trap checking through winter)

Description

If you are interested in participating in and contributing to conservation, come and be a part of Project Kākā. 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 once a fortnight taking approx. 4 hours (spring/summer). Traps are checked once a month 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.

Trapping results
Period Trap Rat Stoat Mouse Weasel Hedgehog Possum Hare Cat Other
Year 1:
October 2010 – September 2011
DOC 200 trap 54 7 8 2 7        
Timms trap 12         152      
Year 2:
October 2011 – September 2012
DOC 200 trap 66 5 15            
Timms trap 4   1     20 1    
Victor trap 283 1 254            
Year 3:
October 2012 – August 2013
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
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
DOC 200 trap 78 2 20         2  
Timms trap 3   9     8      
Victor trap 47 1  390            
Year 6:
October 2015 – September 2016
DOC 200 trap 52 4  5           1
Timms trap 1   2     18      
Victor trap 148   144            
Year 7:
October 2016 – September 2017
DOC 200 trap 39 12 7            
Timms trap 5   2     5      
Victor trap 181   458            
Year 8:
October 2017 – September 2018
DOC 200 trap 63 4 11 3          
Timms trap           3      
Victor trap 393 1 683 1          

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
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
Address:   220 South Road
Masterton
Postal Address:   PO Box 191
Masterton 5840
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