Frodo the morepork, a hive of bees, a tree-climbing demo and talks from young biodiversity enthusiasts made for a great day out for 60 youngsters recently.
The occasion was the Pukemokemoke Youth Biodiversity Day, an event hosted by the Waikato Biodiversity Forum and held at our very own Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve.
“The bush reserve was the perfect venue for a day of talks from young people who work with native biodiversity,” says Waikato University’s Catherine Kirby, who helped organise the event.
Students from Waikato University’s School of Science, local highschools and home school groups were involved in the event which was tipped as the first-ever youth-focused biodiversity event of its type in the region.
The focus for the day was promoting interest in local flora and fauna and inspiring students to pursue careers in conservation.
Speakers included staff and volunteers from Waikato Regional Council, Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter, Waikato University, Unmask Palm Oil, Wingspan and Plant and Food.
“The Waikato Biodiversity Forum would like to thank the Friends of Pukemokemoke for allowing the event to be hosted in their stunning reserve. It provided the perfect mix of open space and forest canopy for a great outdoor experience!”
Here’s a few pics from the day –