Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Fwd: FW: 2018 YoungBirders Field Camp (YBFC) Expression of Interest Form - Rakiura 16-22 April 2018

Kia ora,


The Birds New Zealand youth camp is running again this year!

It will be held on Stewart Island or Rakiura – Birds NZ is looking for keen participants, aged 13-18 years old (apologies to our members who don't fit this age bracket, but we thought you might be able to share with some people who do?) and super keen on birds.


It will be a truly amazing experience, with lots of learning opportunities, along with conservation work and birding.


So if you are (or you know someone) a keen 13-18 year old, with a massive passion for birds and would love to come on this camp, please fill out the attached form and send it back to Sharon Alderson,


Also, lots of the YBNZ team will be attending, so it'd be a great opportunity to meet each other!


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sharon or myself (


Ngā mihi,


YBNZ Coordinator


From: Sharon Alderson []
Sent: Monday, 12 February 2018 5:52 PM
Subject: FW: 2018 YoungBirders Field Camp (YBFC) Expression of Interest Form - Rakiura 16-22 April 2018



Kia ora koutou –

You are receiving this email as you or someone in your family is a YoungBirder who may be interested in attending the week long Field Camp in the April school holidays, OR because you can share the Camp information with young BirdsNZ members.


Apologies that we are running a little late with the paperwork this year, but we will catch up in the next few weeks.


This email will provide you with enough information for those YoungBirders who are keen to attend this year's camp to apply.


The Camp will be held on Rakiura/Stewart Island and parts of Southland from 16-22 April  (see further details of location and activities at the end of this email)


Cost to participants will be $200 per person PLUS travel costs  to and from Camp.

Note that currently we are engaging with AirNZ to see if we can get a special rate for air travel.

Separate emails will follow with details of logistics etc once we confirm attendance.



Interested YoungBirders (13-18 years old at time of camp) MUST complete the attached form to indicate their interest and return this to me by return email by 5pm 19 February 2018.

Note that this DOES NOT confirm that you have a place at camp, it just gets you on the list for selection.

We will have space for 15 attendees this year – a little more than previous years. If we have more than 15 applicants – there will be a selection process based on the information provided on the forms.



About this year's field camp:


Organiser: Lloyd Esler

Co-ordinator: Sharon Alderson

(There will be other adults assisting & providing appropriate supervision etc )


Monday 16 April.  Fly to Invercargill.  We'll meet you.  Staying with local OSNZ members or at Beach Road holiday Camp overnight. 

 Exploration around the south coast and Oreti Beach.  Get-together in the evening.

Tuesday 17 April to Bluff, ferry to Stewart Island 9.45am  Work with DoC and local groups.

Evening out to Acker's Point for penguins, Sooty shearwaters, kiwi and bats.  Stay Stewart Island backpackers. 

Wednesday 18 April  Ulva Island via charter boat and pelagic trip out into the strait – Whero Rock etc. Stay backpackers.  DoC input.

Thursday 19 April  Local walks and activities.  Afternoon project perhaps with DoC?  Penguins, kiwi, local film, traps, five minute counts.  

Friday 20 April 8am ferry to Bluff.  Visit Awarua Bay for waders (Low tide midday unfortunately) then Waikawa Harbour and on to Borland Lodge on the edge of Fiordland National Park

Saturday 21 April To Milford Sound, staying Borland Lodge again.  Possibility of Blue ducks and Rock wrens.  Pest control along the Milford Road.

Sunday 22 April  Return to Invercargill.  Riverton Estuary, Oreti Beach, Gemstone Beach etc.

Evening – flights home.  Suggested flight is the 6.15pm one to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland



Trip reports from the last two Field Camps:




Please get in touch with me if you have questions,

I look forward to receiving expressions of interest!


Nga mihi,



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