The New Zealand Bio-Recording Network Trust (NZBRN) intermittently runs free workshops where you can learn more about how to use NatureWatch NZ to discover and document the nature in your favourite places.
We running two one-day workshops on NatureWatch NZ in Wellington this December. The Friday event will be targeted at biodiversity professionals like council staff and the Saturday event for community groups, although you're welcome to whichever day suits you best. The venue will be the Leonard Cockayne Centre at Otari Wilton's Bush, generously provided by the Wellington City Council.
The workshops will cover all the basics about how to get the most out of NatureWatch NZ and what NatureWatch NZ can do for you. Plus we'll have NatureWatch NZ gurus on hand to help more experienced users to things like upload and download bulk data.
Register now at www.eventbrite.co.nz. Note that spaces are strictly limited due to our venue so if you're sure you're coming, please don't delay in registering. For more information, we're at email@example.com.
This year, NatureWatch NZ is working with Nature Space, Auckland Council, and Environment Canterbury, to help you monitor nature in your local restoration project or favourite wild area. How quickly is wild nature returning to your restoration site? What species are still missing? Are pests and weeds reducing the native biodiversity at your site? Answering these questions requires monitoring. Monitoring is much easier, and more interesting, now that you can connect to naturalists throughout NZ using NatureWatch NZ.
These workshops provide a grounding in the basics of monitoring, followed by individual hands-on help establishing or refining a monitoring programme that meets your needs. Join us to learn more about watching the nature near you.
Auckland 27–28 June
, Landcare Research meeting room, Tamaki
Christchurch 4–5 July, Travis Wetland Education Centre
While these workshops are open to all, preference will be given to Nature Space affiliated restoration groups. Nature Space provides online support for groups, individuals and landowners undertaking ecological restoration in New Zealand. Especially for day 2 of the workshop, we encourage groups to consider sending 2 to 3 people that consider themselves to be moderately ‘tech savvy’ (they know the very basics of using a spreadsheet to enter and save data).
We're working on the details of a half day workshop in Dunedin, tentatively schedule for Quuen's Birthday Monday, 1 June, 2–5 PM, at the Otago Museum's Hutton theatre in central Dunedin. We'll add details as they become available.
One of the NatureWatch NZ founders, Jon Sullivan, will be giving a talk in Dunedin on observing plants with NatureWatch NZ to the Otago Botanical Society on 3 June.
An introduction to NatureWatch NZ
Wednesday 3rd June, 2015
Start time: 5:20 PM
Finish time: 7:00 PM
Jon Sullivan, Lincoln University. NatureWatch NZ is a place where you can share what you see in nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about New Zealand animals, plants, and fungi. It aims to build a living record of life in New Zealand that scientists and environmental managers can use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone can use to learn more about New Zealand's amazing natural history. NatureWatch NZ is run by the New Zealand Bio-Recording Network Trust, a charitable trust dedicated to bio-recording. Jon Sullivan from Lincoln University along with Colin Meurk and Jerry Cooper from Landcare Research got things underway in 2005. Starting off as NZBRN it later adopted the international iNaturalist platform and a New Zealand optimised blend of iNaturalist was launched in August 2012 as NatureWatch NZ. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.