On Saturday 21st February, we had our first Open Day for the year; in addition to planting in the morning, visitors
took part in a site tour [photo on the left shows James Washer, Project Manager and visitors during the tour], a discussion on the site Master Plan, some hands-on 'bug' identification with Lincoln University's Mike Bowie, and a walk up the hill at the rear of the site to where we are proposing to put our petrel-viewing platform. And of course, there was a BBQ!
May 1st saw the first celebration of The Return of the Petrels- a local community initiative to highlight the annual return of the petrels to their breeding site in the foothills of the Paparoa Range immediately behind the PCRP site. Over 100 locals and visitors attended a twilight gathering on the beach to watch the birds circling above the ocean before heading inland....and on the Saturday night, over 300 people attended the outdoor concert at the Punakaiki Motor Camp. As a first-up -and hopefully the first of many more to follow, the Festival was a great success -and funds raised will go towards further education and conservation of the colony.