Thursday 10th July
‘Ask the Scientists'- a Network Evening:
Pests, Weeds & Water quality.
Four scientists available to assist groups with questions, issues and ID. Good networking opportunity for groups - make the most of it.
Environment Centre Hamilton
Ward Street Hamilton
Nibbles and drinks provided
2008 GARDEN BIRD SURVEY, 12-20 JULY
You are invited to participate in the 2008 Garden Bird Survey. All you have to do is sit and relax and watch the birds in your garden for 1 hour some time between 12 and 20 July, and record the largest number of each species of bird you see at one time.
You can sit inside looking out the kitchen or living room window, or outside on a garden seat (but be aware that if you're outside you may frighten birds away). You don't have to be able to see your whole garden, only part of it. Survey organiser, Eric Spurr, said 2064 people participated in last year's survey, and he hopes even more will participate this year.
The results of last year's survey are available at http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biocons/gardenbird/ It is planned to repeat the survey annually. After a number of years the data gathered will provide valuable information on population trends of birds in our urban and rural environment. For full instructions (and background information) see: http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biocons/gardenbird/ or contact Eric Spurr, Tel (03) 321 9809, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note for schools - because of a change in holiday dates, the garden bird survey falls into the last week of the holidays this year. As a consequence, we have extended the time allowed for schools to do the survey to include the following week (21-25 July).
July 25 Permaculture Video Night 7pm
Urban permaculture design video - great water saving features, good use of vertical surfaces, chicken house design, all in an average urban garden.