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Ecology and Biogeography are Critical to Place-Making and Well-being – your neighbourhood and garden will make a difference
September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
It is with pleasure that we can announce our September Botanical Night Talk with our guest speaker Colin Meurk from Landscape Research, Lincoln Christchurch
Venue : The Links, Cattanach Room, cnr Te Aroha and River Rd, Hamilton East
Time : 6.00-8.00
Date : Monday 16 September
Plenty of easy parking/Gold coin donation
“Ecology and Biogeography are Critical to Place-Making and Well-being – your neighbourhood and garden will make a difference”.
Our biodiversity has a critical role to play in more holistic measures of well-being. As we transition away from conventional economic indicators, equity, identity, local life richness, landscape integrity, legibility, and ecological literacy must assume a stronger place. Citizen science – connecting people to nature through curiosity, critical observation and sharing knowledge – is one of the tools for building a unique sense of place and an understanding of natural processes, to be kinder to the whenua and the planet.
Dr Colin Meurk is a senior ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research. His special interests are biogeography, ecological restoration and design, landscape dynamics, urban ecology and conservation biology. He has been involved in grass-roots environmental action, research and teaching of urban ecology and nature conservation for over 40 years, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Loder Cup, Old Blue Award, Christchurch Civic Award and the New Zealand Ecological Society’s Ecology in Action award. Colin is also very involved with the New Zealand Biological Recording Network (NZBRN) and played a lead role in setting up the NZ chapter of iNaturalist called NaturewatchNZ.
The Waikato Botanical Society invites all who are interested to attend.