|Bushy Park Homestead|
For the conference we stayed at Kai Iwi on a beach where we had red sunsets, courtesy of the Australian bush fires - sad business. And it got worse.
|Sun Setting in Bushfire Smoke|
The conference was great with the usual crowd of inspirational young people talking about ecological restoration in the North Island and the health problems associated with the native birds. We went mad at Whanganui and purchased some ceramic art - wont get it until October 2020 when it's exhibition ends.
|Our New Art Work|
|We Found a Dead Tui|
|Dorothy and Maurice Alley|
The last day of the conference was in Palmerston North where we visited the Massey Veterinary School Wild Base Recovery Unit, a joint public access facility constructed by MasseyUni and the local city council. Well planned and very impressive. The floating collection of mobile huia (extinct), seen below, represents their flight into extinction - the white birds representing the ghosts of those who first passed on - another sad NZ story.
And so home via Pukawa where the birds welcomed us back with much song and birdbathing.
|Huia Moving on Into Extinction|