News from the Environment Centre AGM:
Congratulations to our new trustees:
Jason Cargo, Helen Percy-Kessels, Marianna Tyler, Mairi Jay, Aaron Fleming, Mary-Beth Acres, and Carmel Mangan.
Those already on the trust and returning are Liz Hallsworth, Bruce Graham and Pamela Storey.
It was also agreed that the name of the centre is to change. The legal name will be Waikato Environment Centre Trust, trading as Waikato Environment Centre.
The reasoning behind this is that we are now working more regionally through receiving funding from Trust Waikato.
Our membership subs are now set as follows:
Community groups: $70 plus GST
Corporate: minimum $200 plus GST.
Membership renewals will be sent out shortly to those that are due.
If anyone is interested in joining the Environment Centre please do so via the website www.envirocentre.org.nz or contact the Centre for a membership form.
Teacher resource and Butterfly information:
Following on from the very informative talk from Rob Herd, at the AGM, there is an excellent website with more information about NZ butterflies and heaps else Science Learning Hub, at a free site for teachers which showcases New Zealand science research. The Hub is funded by the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.
We've just added a science story all about New Zealand butterflies. The story has a number of articles, a couple of lovely Power Point presentations, and some activities on tagging, transects, and raising white butterflies to observe its life cycle (which is different to that of the Monarch). Our focus is on citizen science and how everyone can get involved in researching where Monarchs overwinter. Our materials are for use in the primary school but provide lots of background information about native and endemic butterflies. The articles also give information on how to get involved with the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust's tagging project.