Baring Head lizard monitoring - with real lizards!

Greater Wellington Regional Council in association with Ecogecko are starting research to monitor changes in lizard occupancy with the ongoing management of Baring head. We have a great opportunity to help them by checking lizard traps!

From the Regional Council:
There are 205 pitfall traps the size of a 4litre pale They are monitored over 8-9 consecutive days each December. We envisage people working in pairs with one person having had experience of handling and catching lizards. To monitor the trap is opened. The lizards photographed and tagged with a ink marker them released.
The routes around the pitfalls will range from easy to difficult. Some easier ones are on the coastal and river flats the most difficult on the escarpments.

This is an exciting project with the potential to show real change of one of the iconic fauna in the block. With any plantings hopefully we can see a change in occupancy which would be a very good news story.

There are no facilities at Baring Head so bring all you need for the day in terms of food and drink (lots of water), sunscreen and sunhat, waterproofs and fleece and be prepared to nip behind a bush if you need to go to the toilet!

Offers to carpool hugely appreciated :)

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  • Alyssa T.

    Good fun overall. I think we had the best group--no other group had to risk their life to check traps!

    December 17, 2012

  • wynn

    Bloody marvellous!! We had heaps of fun, I got a free GPS training and at least one lizard got laid.

    December 16, 2012

  • Spencer

    Did anyone lose some sunglasses yesterday? Sarah found a pair by one of the terrace farm traps.

    December 16, 2012

  • Sonya

    Beautiful spot and great to learn about lizards!

    1 · December 15, 2012

  • Tanja

    Great. See you there

    December 14, 2012

  • Spencer

    See you all 730 front of railway station :) any problems i,m on[masked]

    December 14, 2012

  • Spencer

    I'll be driving. I'm taking Alyssa and probably Sonya. Can take at least 2 more. Would be good to confirm one more driver but if not, we can hook up with the other volunteers. We won't leave anyone behind!

    December 4, 2012

    • Spencer

      At the front of the railway station

      December 14, 2012

    • Julie R.

      Great to know I've secured a spot but unfortunately I don't have a car. Will be at the station at 7.30.

      December 14, 2012

  • Willemijn

    Darn! I've just committed to something else - also nice and important... next time for sure!

    December 14, 2012

  • Spencer

    I've put the meet time at 7.30am at the Railway Station. This MAY get moved to 8am but there is no guarantees so please think about whether this time suits you, and if it is too early, maybe change your rsvp to give other early birds a chance.

    The organiser has asked if we have a GPS or high vis vest so do bring one if you have one!

    Sorry that the organisation is a bit last minute - the main person is out doing field work all this week so email has been a little tricky.

    December 13, 2012

    • Alyssa T.

      why so early? are we finishing any earlier or is it just a longer day?

      December 13, 2012

    • Spencer

      no need to borrow one. Just a longer day - we need to be trained in the art of lizard monitoring I guess

      December 14, 2012

  • yukari

    Hi Tanja. Sorry for hussle but I bail out from this one unfortunatelly. No bus on the weekend where I live anyways. Have a great one. I am sure the other will take my spot.

    December 13, 2012

    • Tanja

      Where do you live?

      December 13, 2012

  • Tanja

    Hi there, actually got a car now and so can take 2 to 3 people. I'm coming from Lyall Bay. Looking forward to meeting you all and getting on to those lizards!

    December 4, 2012

    • Alyssa T.

      Just take the bus Yuki :) I have to walk ten minutes and then have a 30 minute bus ride so I'll be up nice and early

      December 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Tanja, I won't need a lift anymore as another tramp will be on now. Thanks, anyway for your offer :)

      December 13, 2012

  • Spencer

    OK a couple of things to note: we need to get there really early on saturday so I will change the start time once I get confirmation later today. Hopefully meeting at 8 but possibly earlier (!)

    Secondly, we have 2 drivers and 8 people so should be fine. There will be other people going over so space not a problem. However, aka Joe, you are currently not on the list or the reserve list for some reason. 8 is a maximum that they want from us so it is not just about car space. Suggest you get a spot on the waiting list and hope someone doesn't like early starts!!!

    December 12, 2012

    • Julie R.

      I'd be happy with an early start but I'm still just on the waiting list.

      December 12, 2012

    • robyn g

      I am fine getting up early and meeting at welly rail.

      December 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could we possibly just check whether everyone who has signed up for this event actually has a spot to get there as I would only grab that offered spot in Tanya's car if everyone is well seated otherwise I'll step back. Cheers!

    December 11, 2012

  • robyn g

    Hi everyone, Is it possible to grab a lift with someone. I could meet at wellington station or petone station or somewhere else. Thanks.

    December 10, 2012

  • Paden

    I don't have a car to get there but am really keen to help out if I can!

    December 4, 2012

  • Jenny

    how long do you think you'd be out there?

    December 3, 2012

    • Spencer

      Normally we are finished around 12.30 but this is an estimate as we have not monitored lizard traps before. There are usually people leaving at different times though. What time do you need to be back?

      December 3, 2012

  • Callum

    Would LOVE to join you Spencer but ill be out of town! :(

    December 3, 2012

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