Hi all. Welcome to the New Year! Critter Club meets every Monday morning, from 10-12, to explore local nature; animals, plants, fungi, geology etc. Habitats we visit include wetlands, waterways, native and exotic forest, grasslands, rocky coasts and sandy shores. Field trips are mostly to nearby locations, within a half hour of the central city; occasional... Continue Reading →
Every time we visit the rock pools at Taylor's Mistake we find species that we haven't seen before. Here is some of what we saw on this occasion - in approximate order of size, from smallest to largest: Isopods Sea slater These sea slaters are less than 1 cm long. This one appeared to be feeding... Continue Reading →
We had another enjoyable trip to the Waimakariri River, and finally managed to be there on a warm sunny day (27 Nov 2017). We spent less time looking for aquatic species, and more on the terrestrial creatures that are active on sunny days. Beetles One of the showiest critters we saw on this occasion were... Continue Reading →
Where: Thomson Park Scenic Reserve (see maps below) When: Monday 11 December 2017, 10 am until about 12 This site has some grassland, but also there is forest to the south of Sugarloaf to explore. A few of us have been before (in June this year) - hopefully it wont be so freezing cold this... Continue Reading →
There were so many awesome critters in the water today, but I managed to find some winged beasts to photograph. Especially fun to watch was a pair of welcome swallows and their babies in the nest. After some scolding, the mum returned to the nest while dad kept an eye on me.
Where: Taylor's Mistake Beach (see maps below) When: Monday 4 December 2017, 10 am until about 12 We are planning to look at the rock pools - we found plenty of interest last time, and the time before. Our meeting location is marked with a purple pin on the maps below: Suggestions on what to bring: Sensible clothing (sturdy footwear,... Continue Reading →
Today we saw lots of black-fronted terns nesting, so we took extra care to try not to disturb them too much. I even saw a group of terns chasing and harassing a white-faced heron! Unfortunately they flew so quickly that only one of the pictures from that event turned out. It was very funny to... Continue Reading →
Jollies Bush is a small (1.1 ha) remnant of native forest on the Port Hills. There was an impressive variety of ferns under the trees, and also a native orchid. Below is some of what we saw. Plants Greenhood orchid New Zealand has more than 160 native orchids - you can see most of them... Continue Reading →