What the heck is Kokako Klub?

This is just a group of us that would like to get together and explore more of New Zealand's natural world as a group. A lot of people on staff know an awful lot about the flora and fauna of the area, and by going together on field trips we can learn from each other and gain a better understanding of how New Zealand's plants and animals interact while having a good time and enjoying ourselves in the companionship of like-minded individuals. While it is named after a bird and started by a birdo, it will be covering all aspects of NZ life- I was originally going to name it the Peripatus Party, but decided that lacked the necessary gravitas. It is going to be largely made up of zoo folk but is not zoo sponsored, so if you skip out on work for it don't use us an an excuse! Anyone is welcome, be you full-time staff of any sort, part-timers, volunteers, students, friends, or significant others- if you want to be added to the mailing list just send Thomas an email telling him what email address you would like notifications sent to.

The strategy for the trips is very simple. I will send out an email to everyone on the email list when we have a new trip planned. At that point, do not RSVP me unless I tell you to- most of the trips will not require one and I don't want to know who is coming until I see who is there. We will then meet at the green gate (gate #3 to the zoo on Old Mill Road at the bottom of the hill) at the designated time. Anyone needing a ride can sweet talk their way into a car with spaces- throwing a few dollars at the driver for petrol would be cool as well. Then we will drive to the site and explore it until we are sick of it. Anyone who is late can try to catch us up via text message if they want. Maps and information about the trips will be posted here in advance for everyone as well. After we return, anyone who is game can go en masse to Point Chevalier to enjoy some fine dining. If you change your mind and decide that you are sick of being on the mailing list, just send Thomas an email saying so and he will happily remove you from the list. Most of the trips will be on Wednesdays at 5:00 for the sake of the convenience of most people, but trips on other days will also happen, as well as the occasional day trip for exploring further afield (usually on weekends). So let's have some fun exploring New Zealand's wildlife!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Thursday, May 15- Eric Armishaw Reserve in Point Chavalier

Hi everyone, if anyone is game for looking close to home for some shorebirds join us for a trip this Thursday to the Eric Armishaw Reserve in Point Chevalier (map), just a few minutes from the zoo at the end of Walker Road.  We will meet at the green gate (gate 3) at 4:50 and drive up to the park to see what there is to be seen.  Hope to see you there!

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  1. Another good trip- we didn't expect much so the Pied Stilts, 26 Banded Dotterels, and hundreds of Pied and Variable Oystercatchers coming in to roost for the evening were a bonus. Loads of the usual suspects as well, and the fish and chips rounded the evening off perfectly.

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