We set up an information stall at the recent Waifest or Waterfest held annually at New Brighton Mall and took the opportunity to promote the Trust’s activities to a wider audience. The event was attended by a variety of interest groups and our participation was appreciated by the organisers.
WET Day Out
The annual Lincoln High School “WET Say Out” for Yr 9 students went ahead in February. WET took part in organising and running the day. Paul de Spa (ECan), Sue Jarvis (Lincoln Envirotown) and Kelvin Nicolle (Waterwatch) ran hands-on practical activities for the students to investigate the water quality and in-stream health of waterways in the catchment of Te Waihora. The day was a great success and looks set to run again next year.
As part of WET’s commitment to Kids Fest we succesfully co-ordinated “Ranger for a Day” in early July.
A group of around 40 kids and their caregivers came along to be a “Ranger for a Day” as part of Selwyn’s Kidsfest in July. The activities started at Coes Ford where everyone learned that a healthy river isn’t just home to fish, but also many different species of tiny invertebrates. Saying that, we did manage to catch a couple of small cockabullies too! Paul de Spa from ECan showed everyone how to safely catch, sort and identify the aquatic life, so a huge thanks goes out to him for sharing his equipment and expertise with us.
Next stop was Yarrs Wildlife Reserve where, despite freezing temperatures, everyone managed to catch a glimpse of some of the birds that can be seen at Te Waihora. Colin Hill came along to help identify these birds and talk to us about the many others not found at this time of year; thank you Colin! Thanks also to Rob McPherson for his help in planning the day’s activities.