Posted by Colin
Dear Forest & Birders
The Breakfast With the Birds last year was very popular and is being repeated on 3nd November. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org
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A dusk to dawn bush experience!
Experiencing the intensity of the New Zealand bush at night then waking up to hear native birds in a rousing dawn chorus – this sounds like the kind of adventure few people get to experience.
However for one night only in November anyone can enjoy such an encounter, led by scientists and environmentalists.
The event is called Breakfast With The Birds and is hosted by the Aongatete Forest Project, a group that looks after 500 hectares of DOC estate in the Kaimai ranges.
Breakfast With The Birds actually begins at night, with a forest walk where the wonders of the New Zealand bush are illuminated by both torches and science.
Aongatete Forest Project chair Barbara McGillivray explains. “We have scientists leading the event as their knowledge and passion for our native fauna and flora brings the forest alive in a way that is truly unique.”
The swoop of a morepork as night falls, the creepiness of huge sheet spiders in their webs, weta as big as your hands, glow worms, friendly robins landing on your boots – Barbara says these are all common experiences at Breakfast With The Birds.
This year the team of scientists include environmentalist Dr Ian McLean, Rotorua ecologist Angela Simpson, and entomologist and former Forest & Bird President Dr Peter Maddison. They will be supported by wildlife photographer and spider expert Bryce McQuillan and Whakatane Kiwi Trust leader, Russell Ingram-Seal.
Barbara said Breakfast With The Birds was the annual fundraiser for the predator free project, “but more than raising money, it’s about people being able to experience a forest that, thanks to our pest control efforts, is coming back to life.”
Breakfast With The Birds is at the Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre on Friday, 3 November. The event is just $40 a head and includes dinner, accommodation, guided walks and – of course – breakfast.
If you wish to attend Breakfast With The Birds please email email@example.com
Barbara said despite the many years of pest control in the forest there is still much to be done. “We monitor pest numbers, and they are still too high for us to reintroduce birds such as the kokako. But we are committed to continuing the work of the trust and ultimately bringing back all the bird species to Aongatete.”
The haunting sound of the kokako may be missing from Aongatete Forest, but those attending Breakfast With The Birds will still be able to hear tui, bellbird, riflemen, tomtits, fantail, grey warbler and the North Island Robin, among others.