State of New Zealand Garden Birds
Connections 30 Newsletter
July 2020: A round up of research news from New Zealand's independent research organisations, including the Cawthron Institute, Malaghan Institute, Lincoln Agritech, BRANZ, Motu, MRINZ, and many more.
I compile, write, edit, take some photos, and design the Connections newsletter for IRANZ, as well as creating and maintaining their website.
Image: Rakicevic Nenad, Pexels.
Caitlin joins Louise Thomas
July 2020: Caitlin Thomas-Riley, a second year graphic design and computer science student at Victoria University of Wellington, is now helping me out with design work and tech support. More of Caitlin's images can be seen on our design page.
A study examining the voices of kiwi in the Paparoa Range hopes to identify unique voices of individual birds and shed new light on their territorial roaming and other interactions. Image drawn by Caitlin Thomas-Riley.
New Zealand Garden Bird Survey
Building Better 17 Newsletter
Client: Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge
June 2020: Research news from the Building Better National Science Challenge.
I compile, write, edit, take some photos, and design the Building Better newsletter for the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, as well as looking after the newsletter mailing list, and creating and maintaining their website.
Under construction. Photo: Louise Thomas.
Bellbird in rare flowering red mistletoe
June 2020: This stunning bellbird (Anthornis melanura), aka Korimako, feeding in rare flowering red mistletoe (Peraxilla tetrapetala) has just been provided to the Ōhau Conservation Trust for use in an interpretation panel to be published in September 2020.
Fernlea Fitness Card
May 2020: This job was a favour for a school-teacher friend who is trying to get her junior school (five and six year olds) students moving. We came up with a coffee-card style idea where students get a star clipped on their card for every 500m completed. Apparently it is a hit.
Grey ducks in Martinborough
August 2019: I was thrilled to see two "Nationally critical" phenotypically correct grey ducks aka Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa Gmelin) in Martinborough on 31 August.
Housing as a human right
July 2019: Co-hosted by the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, the Shift Aotearoa Conference in early June was a catalyst to provide a clearer picture to those in the government and the housing sector of what needs to happen to see all New Zealanders well-housed. One of the key-note speakers, Paul Hunt, the Chief Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, outlined a human rights approach to housing and provided a way forward for action in the New Zealand context.
I drafted this article and took photos at the event.
Key-note speaker, Paul Hunt, the Chief Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, at the Shift Aotearoa conference in June 2019. Photo: Louise Thomas.
Gull image published in Artists Down Under
May 2019: Southern black-backed gull (Larus dominicanus) with party balloon fragment - highlighting the dangers of plastics and party balloons in marine environments. Image published in Artists Down Under magazine - May 2019.
Little Black Shags at Hutt Estuary
February 2019: I was pleased to sight this pair of "at risk" little black shags (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris). Crawling through mud, feeling like Owen Wilson in "The Big Year", but these two didn't seem to mind me.
Overhaul of the CMER website
January 2019: Overhaul of the Centre for Minerals and Environmental Research (CMER) website to make it mobile friendly.
CMER members have been doing some amazing research into how to regenerate, restore, and detox old and existing mining sites. Did you know, that despite our clean, green image, New Zealand had one of the most arsenic-contaminated sites in the world at the old Prohibition Gold Mine site on the West Coast? CMER members have been involved in the research to clean it up. They are also currently working on the Bellvue Mine site near Greymouth, cleaning up acid mine drainage using, of all things, mussel shells. The results are looking good.