Plants, predators and 'the making of Backyard Biodiversity'

Plants, predators and 'the making of Backyard Biodiversity' - Episodes 9-11

Episode 9: Identifying Backyard Plants

**Episode 9: Identifying Backyard Plants** Plants provide food and shelter to the birds, bugs and lizards we’ve talked...

Posted by Backyard Biodiversity - Taiao Taiepa Ki Tua on Thursday, 30 April 2020

 
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Relevant resources

There are heaps of amazing resources for plants. The key thing is choosing the right resource for your knowledge level. Below we’ve included advice to steer you in the right direction.

Advanced plant identification

Other plant identification apps

Plants to attract birds and lizards

Restoration planting guides for Taranaki:
https://restoretaranaki.nz/resources/(external link)

What to plant to replace removed weeds:
https://www.weedbusters.org.nz/resources/plant-me-instead-booklets/(external link)

 

Episode 10: Become a Backyard Pest Detective

Episode 10: Become a Backyard Pest Detective

**Episode 10: Become a Backyard Pest Detective** Introduced predators, including rats, mice, hedgehogs and possums, can wreak havoc in your garden, eating eggs, chicks, lizards, weta, seedlings, fruit and seeds. In today’s episode of Backyard Biodiversity we’ll show you how to become an expert pest detective and trap predators like a pro. **Today's Task** Look for predator clues in your backyard including droppings and footprints. Make your own tracking tunnel and let us know what prints you find. Post photos and videos below. Ka kite anō au i a koutou / See you soon! #Rotokare #TRC #BackyardBiodiversity #GetOutside #TowardsPredatorFreeTaranaki #WaitaraTaiao Useful resources: ~All things trapping~ Predator Free NZ: Lots of great resources! https://predatorfreenz.org/ A practical guide to trapping (Department of Conservation): https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/pests-and-threats/predator-free-2050/toolkit-predator-free-2050/practical-guide-to-trapping/ For Taranaki-related trapping advice get in touch with Towards Predator-Free Taranaki (website lists suppliers of $10 rat trap packs): https://www.trc.govt.nz/environment/working-together/pf-taranaki2050/ https://www.facebook.com/TowardsPredatorFreeTaranaki/ ~Predator Monitoring~ Pest Detective website: How to identify droppings, footprints and other clues: https://www.pestdetective.org.nz/ Wētā droppings: https://www.pestdetective.org.nz/on-the-case/2018/rat-or-weta-droppings/ Tracking tunnels: Make your own: https://www.trc.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Environment/Education/Rotokare-Eco-creations-Tracking-Tunnels.pdf https://www.wildeyes.co.nz/missions/backyard-spy/ https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/conservation-activities/become-a-pest-detective/ Tracking tunnels: Footprint identification: https://www.trc.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Environment/Education/Rotokare-Tracking-Tunnel-Resource-Book.pdf https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/127472/22_How-to-read-prints-from-tracking-tunnels.pdf Chew cards: https://www.trc.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Environment/Education/Rotokare-Chew-Card-Activity.pdf https://predatorfreenz.org/toolkits/community-groups-2/useful-resources/beginners-guide-predator-control/chew-cards/ https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/151598/Chewcard-interpretation.pdf ~Recording trap catches~ Using Trap.NZ: www.trap.nz/help Trap.NZ instructions for Taranaki: https://www.trc.govt.nz/environment/working-together/pf-taranaki2050/ ~Waitara Taiao~ https://www.facebook.com/groups/694183294337997/

Posted by Backyard Biodiversity - Taiao Taiepa Ki Tua on Thursday, 7 May 2020

 
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Relevant resources

All things trapping:

Predator Monitoring:

Recording trap catches:

Waitara Taiao:

 

Episode 11: Making of Backyard Biodiversity

Episode 11: Making of Backyard Biodiversity

**Episode 11: Making of Backyard Biodiversity** It’s time to wrap up this lockdown series with today’s episode, where we’ll show you how we made Backyard Biodiversity under pretty unusual circumstances. We’d like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for your support and engagement throughout the series. It wouldn’t have been the same without your input! **Today's Task** Let us know what you liked most about Backyard Biodiversity. Was it the marvelous mantis, going on a night tour, learning about lizards or building a bug hotel empire? We’re keen to hear from you! We’ll continue posting on the Backyard Biodiversity page, but today’s episode will be the last video for the foreseeable future. All of the resources will remain available here and on the website and YouTube channel: Website: https://www.trc.govt.nz/backyard-biodiversity/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RotokareTrust Take care moving towards the ‘new normal’ and thanks heaps for all of your support! Ngā mihi nui #Rotokare #TRC #BackyardBiodiversity #GetOutside

Posted by Backyard Biodiversity - Taiao Taiepa Ki Tua on Thursday, 14 May 2020

 
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This is the last episode in this lockdown series.

Resources and videos will remain available here and on the Facebook page and YouTube channel:
https://www.facebook.com/BackyardBiodiversityTaranaki/(external link)
https://www.youtube.com/user/RotokareTrust(external link)

 

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