You are invited to take part in some hands-on scientific research. Wading and on-shore volunteers are needed to support kākahi (native freshwater mussel) monitoring work at Lake Wairarapa on Saturday 10th February. Previous experience is not needed as there will be a rundown given on the day.
Meet at the Wairarapa Lake Shore Scenic Reserve, just south of Featherston at 9am.
Register your interest by Friday 9th February 2018 to Amber McEwan on 021 169 0150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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This event is part of the kākahi/freshwater mussel monitoring programme which was initiated to contribute to a wider programme of monitoring to inform the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project about the health of Lake Wairarapa. It is the fourth year the survey has been carried out.
Kākahi are filter feeding animals and help to improve water quality by reducing algae and sediment in the water. Lake Wairarapa has two of the three species that are known to live in New Zealand. Populations of käkahi are in decline throughout New Zealand, and throughout the world. In New Zealand this decline is linked to the deterioration of the water quality in lakes and rivers. So, the health of a kākahi population helps to gauge ecosystem health of a lake or wetland.
Monitoring the health of Wairarapa Moana is an essential part of a long-term plan towards restoring our wetland treasure. The status and health of the kākahi (native freshwater mussel) population helps us understand the health of the wider ecosystem and can measure the progress of restoration activities.
Bring: close-fitting clothing and socks for wading in, spare set dry,w arm clothes, sun hat. Warm drink and snacks provided