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Kea fledglings
Kea fledglings Jan 2018 Makarora

Introducing one of our survey volunteers

Taylor Hume joined us at the start of the 2017/2018 Makarora braided river bird survey season. Since then she has been fortunate to be awarded an Internship with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).

Taylor is a Zoology graduate with Hons from Australia. Since graduating Taylor has shown commitment to her chosen path; immersing herself in volunteering activities to develop her fauna and flora survey skills and experience to help develop a career in wildlife conservation. She has volunteered on various projects in a range of environments with various species groups including mammals and sea turtles. Taylor welcomed the opportunity to expand her bird survey skills with us within the dynamic braided river environment of the Makarora River.

Taylor Hume on the braid plain of the Makarora River

“Rachel Hufton and Anthony Coote taught me valuable skills like how to safely cross rivers as a team, identify wetland bird species in the area by call and morphology, and how to make observations and communicate together to prevent miscounting and re-counting individuals. It was a valuable experience that allowed me to familiarise myself with cryptic braided river bird species such as wrybill, which can be difficult to survey within this environment and that I might not of otherwise seen.”

We wish Taylor every success with her AWC Internship, her commitment and enthusiasm will certainly benefit a future career in wildlife conservation.