BIRD COUNT & TRAPPING WORKSHOPS
organised by Department of Conservation Courses (NZQA certification)
Tim Exton - DOC Community Ranger has been in touch to confirm that courses planned prior to covid 19 lockdown are now going ahead and we are pleased to post information on our website of the two courses and how to book. Please note there are limited spaces so do get your application in asap.
The venue for the courses is to be held at the Peel Forest Outdoor Centre, Peel Forest North of Geraldine. This puts us in the best location to be able to enjoy the local bird song for the 5 minute bird count and build our bird ID skills. Also to use the DOC campsite and surrounding environs to set up a trap line to improve our trapping skills. For the Peel Forest Outdoor Centre see https://peelforestoutdoors.org.nz/
1. CFS426T 5 Minute Bird Count – Dates 14th and 15th July 2020 https://www.nmit.ac.nz/study/short-courses/cfs426-five-minute-bird-count
2. CFS322T Intro to Trapping - Dates 13th and 14th August 2020 https://www.nmit.ac.nz/study/short-courses/cfs322-introduction-to-predator-trapping-methods
Attached are the weblinks to the 5 minute bird count course and the introduction to predator trapping. Both are good courses and run by the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. The preference is for you to enrol yourself online, attached below is a PDF form that can be filled out manually as a back-up.
The 5 minute bird count course is free and the introduction to predator trapping has a fee of $156.00 plus a $10.00 student fee.
Both are NZQA qualifications.
There is accommodation available locally at the Peel Forest Eco-lodge charge at $28 per adult or $19 per child, with a minimum nightly charge of $250 or locally in Geraldine
It can viewed on holiday houses. https://www.holidayhouses.co.nz/listing/5990 as well as on the Peel Forest OPC website links above.
Ranger - Community
Department of Conservation-Te Papa Atawhai
Geraldine Raukapuka Office
Mobile 027 538 7326
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