President’s Column – February 2019
Welcome to summer! This is how summers used to be when I was a kid. Long, hot days when the sand at New Brighton beach would burn your feet as you ran through the sand hills to take a dip in the sea. These nice fine days have helped me to continue with the testing of my repaired camera. And everything seems fine. I even managed one of my better macro shots in our garden the other day. Helped, no doubt, by the cicada sitting still and side-on, so it’s whole body was in focus.
The first field trip of the year has just kicked off with Barry & Carl’s trip to Molesworth & Muller Stations in the Hanmer area. Keep your eyes on the field trip programme because we have some beauties coming up. As well as many local destinations, field trips this year include West Coast Fungi, North Otago Autumn, West Coast Tauranga Beach & Denniston, Historic Quail Island, Kaikoura Seascapes & Birdlife, Chatham Islands, Tiritiri Matangi Bird Sanctuary in Auckland, Mt Somers Winter and Peel Forest. Some of these trips are already fully booked but hopefully there will be something for everyone.
As is customary, NPS will again be organising and running the Trenna Packer Nature Salver Competition this year. Carolyn Elcock has been doing a stirling job of organising this competition but, sadly, this will be her last year doing this. So, we are on the lookout for someone to act as her understudy this year with the aim of taking over the reins next year. The person we need will be a good organiser and have the time required to make the competition happen. Carolyn has documented all the procedures so it’s just a matter of following the guidelines. If you feel you could assist please talk to an NPS committee member.