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This big news of the month was that I have completed my level 3 Pest Operations course at WITT, I gained a range of practical skills in this course including safe quad use, bushcraft, side by side use, trailer handling, firearms safety and many other various tools that I will use in the conservation sector. I immediately signed up to a newly introduced Level 4 Conservation program that I am excited to get started on!
Our staff hosted a function at the Awakino River Lodge for our sponsors, volunteers and landowners, so everyone could meet each other and swap notes, it was an awesome weekend hanging out with the trust supporters and board members. Thumbs up to Garry Wycherley for allowing us to use his incredible venue
Emma, Jono and I have been continuing our winter traps checks throughout the region, there are still plenty of rats getting caught and the odd mustelid, the mahi doesn’t stop for the rain. We have also been very busy deploying and collecting acoustic recorders at our trapping sites, so I have been living in my Cactus Outdoors wet weather gears this winter.
I stepped 150,165 steps this month, bringing me up to a total of 1,794,521 steps!! We’re getting closer 😊 and I still have 2 months to do 205,479 steps, lets hope it does not rain too much. You can make a donation to Māia’s 2 millions step campaign at our Givealittle page https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/taranakikiwi