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YOUR WILD BUBBLE

 We've postponed the Wild Dunedin Festival until April 2021, but we'd like to share stories, images and things to do in isolation with an online publication 'Your Wild Bubble'.  Please share with your family and friends in isolation.

Wild Dunedin is encouraging everyone to download the iNaturalist.nz app and take part in the City Nature Challenge 2020. This is an international competition and citizen science project running from 24th to 27th of April.

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Melissa is a volunteer for Wild Dunedin and loves photographing life. See her images on instagram @purnellpictures.

Things to do in isolation

by Wild Dunedin

Orokonui Takahē live their lives in a bubble ... and it’s not all that bad. Why not let nature into yours and join us online.

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2020 Wild Hero award announced in March 2020 but will be officially presented at 'Post Possum, Yeah, Right' event at Portobello Coronation Hall on Monday 26 April 2021.

Leaving the World a Better Place

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

Wild Dunedin’s Wild Hero 2020 and recipient of a Queens Birthday MNZM honour, Lala Frazer, has been involved in so many environmental campaigns and projects on Otago Peninsula since she moved to Broad Bay 41 years ago that it’s hard to choose the most important.

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Lala Frazer (left)  and Moira Parker (right) - two friends and allies through 40 years of conservation mahi on Otago Peninsula.

Changing the World

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

We celebrate Moira Parker and Lala Frazer, friends and allies through 40 years of conservation mahi on Otago Peninsula.

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"I belong to a very small club that considers our cabbage tree one of our our most iconic plants; it’s almost like Dr Seuss created it and spread its myriad forms throughout our beautiful country for us to enjoy" Fiona Eadie 

Plants Rule

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

Native plant expert and compulsive weeder Fiona Eadie is Head Gardener at Larnach Castle. Fiona’s love of plants goes way back, creating gardens in all the flats she’s lived in, and before that helping her mother with a large garden in Andersons Bay as a child.

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Video: Suzy Cato message to Wild Dunedin

Suzy sends us all a message...

by Suzy Cato

Suzy Cato was to be our 2020 festival guest. She took time out of her busy schedule to send us all a message about staying at home and staying safe.

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Ruud Kleinpaste introduces George the tree weta to Callum during the Wild Dunedin festival 2017

"C'mon, become a nature nerd" says Ruud

by Ruud Kleinpaste

Ruud Kleinpaste is a great fan of iNaturalist.nz. We asked him to send us some words of encouragement about using the iNaturalist app to become as knowledgeable about the wildlife in our backyard as the Bugman. Using this technology is an easy and fun way to connect with scientists.

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Murder mystery on the rocky reef

by New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

Use your sleuthing skills to solve a murder! Coco the cockle has been found dead in the touch pool. Who did it? Download the background notes and instructions, see what clues you can find in the touch pools and watch the supporting videos.

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Follow the buzz and find the bee. Honey bees love the herb Borage.  

Sounds in your Backyard

by Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago

Join the Aotearoa Stories in Sound group and document or listen to soundscapes of the Covid-19 lockdown. Listen up, notice the sounds around you, and share. All that is needed is a smartphone, internet connection and Facebook account to contribute by recording sounds in your backyard.

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Native Planting Guide and Webmap

by Te Ao Tūroa, Dunedin's Environment Strategy

The DCC’s Native Planting Guide and Webmap were created to help inform small scale native planting projects in Dunedin city. The planting guide is a resource designed to provide overall information about native planting, and the webmap can be used to find out more specific information about plant species suitable for a certain location/area.

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How to make a bug motel.

Wild Dunedin Medal…Bug Motel Contest

by Toyota Kiwi Guardians

As with many events, our regular festival programme has been postponed due to Covid-19. But never fear, you can still earn your unique Toyota Kiwi Guardians Wild Dunedin Medal at home!

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Nettle - grab this at your peril! If stung one of the best remedies is to rub a dock leaf over your skin. A small sting is a small price to pay for having butterflies in your garden - the best butterfly food you have in your garden.

Make a Backyard Herbal Tea

by Wild Dispensary

Our planned Wild Dispensary talk as part of the Wild Dunedin Festival was all about the medicine in your back yard. So luckily level 4 has just connected us all to our backyards even more than before all of this craziness.

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Takahē, is one of the most endangered and protected birds in New Zealand. Knowing that, it is amazing to be able to meet this precious bird, face to face, without even a fence, in Orokonui Ecosanctuary. @dunedinwildlife_nz..

Check out our Supporters

by Wild Dunedin

The planned festival was to start this Friday 17th April and would have been our fifth festival. We would like to thank those who have made this annual festival possible. They have all continued to stand by us with the postponement of the programme till 2021, so Wild Thanks to you all.

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A happier time for our Wild Dunedin committee in December at our final meeting for 2019 at Ribbonwood Nurseries. 

Wild Dunedin Team at Home

by Wild Dunedin

Our festival has been postponed to 2021 and we are all self isolating in our bubbles. I would like to introduce you to some of the team and find out how they are occupying themselves while in lockdown...and without a festival.

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Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson

Happen Films - Stories for a Changing World

by Wild Dunedin

Antoinette Wilson & Jordan Osmond are filmmakers who live in Little River, Banks Peninsula. They want to use their film making skills to help spread the word that there are other ways people can choose to live, in closer harmony with nature.

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www.wildlife.co.nz

Favourite Harbour Memories

by Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

Chris McNeill spoke to a few of the staff about some of the best Otago Harbour moments and memories while working at Monarch Wildlife Cruises. Fifteen images and fifteen reasons to go on a Monarch Cruise once we are out of lockdown. To view the images full frame click on the first image below to enlarge and then use the arrow (top right) to see the following image. Or click on the You Tube video below.

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theartdept. - Artists and Art Educators - is the brainchild of two creative New Zealand women, Pamela Brown and Kerry Mackay.

Make a Torn Animal

by theartdept.org

Kerry and Pamela, artists and art educators, will fish an art idea out of their 'ART suitcase' for young (and not so young) artists keeping safe, staying home and saving lives. All theartdept's creative art ideas will be doable at home with whatever drawing/making materials you have available.

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This is your chance to meet Sniper, with Jill Thomson and filmmaker Karthic SS. 

'Sniper Protecting World’s Rarest Penguins'

by Karthic SS

In New Zealand, Yellow-eyed Penguin numbers have dwindled. Finding these penguins in the dense bush to monitor and conserve the population is tricky. But former ranger Leith Thomson has a way, Sniper. She is one of the 80 certified Conservation Dogs in New Zealand.

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City Nature Challenge 2020: Ōtepoti/Dunedin

by iNaturalist New Zealand

For the first time ever, Dunedin is joining the City Nature Challenge. Show the world what incredible species like birds, plants, and insects are living in your backyard. As the wildlife capital of New Zealand, we have a lot to prove! Between the 24th and 27th of April, thousands of people from across the globe will look for nature in their backyards.

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Suzy Cato - our 2021 festival guest.

Suzy's Playlist - Kiwi Kids Wild Music

by Wild Dunedin

Suzy Cato was to be our festival guest and had prepared a playlist of nature inspired songs for her visit to Dunedin. Sadly Suzy won't be with us in person but she has given us her Spotify playlist.

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New takahē pair, Bennett and Waimarie, have now moved into the upper sanctuary and can be seen at their 11am feeding time on the grassland area.

Orokonui Video Diary

by Wild Dunedin

During the lockdown, Elton Smith, Wildlife Manager, is the only person attending the Ecosanctuary to take care of the daily duties around animal husbandry such as bird feeding and Kiwi and Kākāpō health checks. Elton records video diaries and these can be found on Orokonui's website. Believe it or not, Elton takes these two Takahē for a jog before breakfast!

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A frame from Lukas's film 

Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)

by Wild Dunedin

Lukas Gawenda, already an acclaimed photographer as "Germany's best youth photographer 2013″ and having his pictures published by National Geographic and GEO, left Germany for New Zealand to join the film making course at Otago University's Centre for Science Communication. For this 5 minute film Lukas chose the slow cinema genre with no dialogue or voice over, just music, sound and images. This serves the film's story on Forest Bathing really well.

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Dr Mike Joy was our freshwater festival guest in 2019 - here having a conversation on our freshwater quality in New Zealand.

'Artifishal' Reviewed by Dr Mike Joy

by Wild Dunedin

'Artifishal' is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. The film is based on northern hemisphere wild salmon's slide toward extinction. We have similiar threats in New Zealand so we have asked both freshwater ecologist Dr Mike Joy and filmmaker Neil Harraway to review this film.

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theartdept. - Artists and Art Educators - is the brainchild of two creative New Zealand women, Pamela Brown and Kerry Mackay.  

Animal MASH UP

by theartdept.org

Kerry and Pamela, artists and art educators, will fish an art idea out of their 'ART suitcase' for young (and not so young) artists keeping safe, staying home and saving lives. All theartdept's creative art ideas will be doable at home with whatever drawing/making materials you have available.

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Janice Lord, Associate Professor of Botany at Otago University, is currently conducting research on rewilding Mahu Whenua, a 55 000-hectare covenanted block of land. ‘Mahu Whenua’ means ‘healing the land’.

She Speaks for the Trees

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

Associate Profesor Janice Lord of the University of Otago Botany Dept is a passionate advocate for our native plants. Now as part of Ngā Kākano Whakahau: The Seeds Project, she’s leading a team developing ways to plant native seeds in vast areas of unproductive high country land.

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Enjoy the singing as much as the Tūī do!

Suzy's Orokonui Playlist

by Wild Dunedin

"This Spotify playlist was created for the festival and the Earth Day event out at Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Again all Kiwi artists for Kiwi kids and all Kiwi (native and introduced) animals." Suzy Cato

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Pīwakawaka (fantail) photographed by Paul Sorrell from his bedroom window while in lockdown.

Let Lockdown Liberate your Bird Photography

by Paul Sorrell, Photographer

When I’m feeling stir crazy and start dreaming of local birding haunts like Orokonui Ecosanctuary or Hawksbury Lagoon, I remind myself that some of my favourite shots have been taken at home – out my bedroom window, in fact.

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Video: Kiwi Backyard Listening ©Heather Hunt All Rights Reserved 2020

Backyard Kiwi - Backyard Listening

by Wild Dunedin

We asked our festival guest Heather Hunt what she and the Backyard Kiwi team have been up to while in lockdown. Heather realised this would be an ideal time for people 'staying at home' to record when they hear Kiwi at night. And to promote this Backyard Listening project she has created this animation.

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The rocky seashore by Centre for Marine Science Studies, Portobello

Suzy's Sea Week Every Week Playlist

by Wild Dunedin

"This playlist was created for Sea Week but with 15,000 kilometres of coastline, I think every week should be sea week in Aotearoa 😃" Suzy Cato

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Archey’s frog (Leiopelma archeyi) is truly unique to New Zealand and unfortunately is regarded as Critically Endangered and can be found in two populations on the North Island.


 

Archey's Frog Song

by Wild Dunedin

Suzy Cato is introducing us to fleaBITE's newly released 'Archey's Frog Song'. Everyone knows about the Kiwi and the Tuatara, but New Zealand also has four unique native frogs that aren’t found anywhere else. Archey's frog is tiny and incredibly rare. FleaBITE producer Robin Nathan thought "Poor little frog" 🐸 ...so he wrote Archey a song.

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theartdept. - Artists and Art Educators - is the brainchild of two creative New Zealand women, Pamela Brown and Kerry Mackay.  

Window 'post it' ARt

by theartdept.org

Kerry and Pamela, artists and art educators, will fish an art idea out of their 'ART suitcase' for young (and not so young) artists keeping safe, staying home and saving lives. All theartdept's creative art ideas will be doable at home with whatever drawing/making materials you have available.

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Sir Alan Mark was awarded Wild Dunedin's inaugural Wild Hero award for his work in conservation for over 50 years.

Sir Alan Mark – Wild Hero 2019

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

Wild Dunedin presented our first Wild Hero Award to Sir Alan Mark on 2019 at Otago Museum. Born in Dunedin and living most of his life here, Sir Alan is a true local hero who has great mana throughout Aotearoa.

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Tom Barnett from Hail is our troubleshooter for Hail... and he does this from South America.

At Home in Bolivia

by Wild Dunedin

Tom Barnett works with Dunedin company Hail but remotely from Bolivia. He has always worked from home but with lockdown things have changed dramatically for him. We would like to share what he wrote to us about lockdown..

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We want to see what you see from your isolation bubble.

We Want to Know What You Can See

by Otago Museum

Otago Museum decided to add an additional (social media only) category to the 2020 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition called "Inside Out".

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Mary Ellen Hannibal talks about the power that citizen science and events like City Nature Challenge can have in saving nature.

How You Can Help Save the Monarch Butterfly — and the Planet

by Wild Dunedin

Monarch butterflies are dying at an alarming rate around the world - a looming extinction that could also put human life at risk. But we have just the thing to help save these insects, says author Mary Ellen Hannibal: citizen scientists.

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In April the albatross chicks look like this.

Albatross Webcam

by Wild Dunedin

Watch the Northern Royal Albatross at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on the Royal Cam, a 24-hour live stream of an albatross nest showing all the activity happening as the parents raise their chick. This season's chick, a female, hatched on 31 January 2020.

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theartdept. - Artists and Art Educators - is the brainchild of two creative New Zealand women, Pamela Brown and Kerry Mackay.  

Window 'post it' ARt CONTINUED

by theartdept.org

Kerry and Pamela, artists and art educators, will fish an art idea out of their 'ART suitcase' for young (and not so young) artists keeping safe, staying home and saving lives. All theartdept's creative art ideas will be doable at home with whatever drawing/making materials you have available.

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Dave Randle - protector of Peripatus - an ancient critter that is found in old forest and is sometimes called the Velvet Worm...but it's not a worm!

Living Fossils

by Karthic SS and Dave Randle

When the State Highway 1 in Dunedin expanded, a strange resident sprang into the spotlight... 'Living Fossils' follows Dave Randle on his efforts to protect an ancient crawling creature- the Peripatus- the first animals to walk on land.

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‘My greatest satisfaction has been being able to convey to the wider public the value of natural areas and the significance of integrating ecological principles to achieve the sustainable use of natural resources.’        Sir Alan Mark

Alan Mark on Tussock

by Wild Dunedin

Sir Alan Mark our Wild Hero for 2019 in this short video talks about his life's work on tussock grassland research. This video was filmed, written and produced by the talented Bill Morris. Alan gives us great insight into tussock...as he says, tussock grasslands are just as important as our forest giants to protect...especially as they are important water gatherers.

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Skipper Rachel McGregor of Port to Port Cruises and Wildlife Tours

Port Chalmers-Portobello Harbour Bike Loop

by Wild Dunedin

Rachel McGregor of Port to Port Cruises and Wildlife Tours has swapped the harbour for her computer. She's using the lockdown to work on her next project - encouraging cyclists to catch the ferry to access the existing and planned cycleways on both sides of Otago Harbour.

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This is a project to celebrate nature at home, while we all do our part to save lives by slowing the spread of Covid19. Focus on the moment by exploring, connecting with, and sharing nature and try to switch off from all the stress and worry.

StayiNatHome NZ

by iNaturalist, New Zealand

There will be a lot of plants, animals, and fungi living out their lives in your garden, and in your house. Some will look amazing. Some will have amazing life histories. Some will never have been recorded in your neighbourhood before. The more you look, the more you'll find. Let’s share what we find, marvel at what others find, and weather out this storm together.

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"On my request the family is helping out weeding the vege garden." Dries Van den Broeck

An Island Garden

by Wild Dunedin

Keeper Dries Van den Broeck, Nadjejda Espinel and their children have lived on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua in Otago Harbour since 2017. During that time Dries has been growing food for them. The island has everything needed to grow a very productive garden, which has been most helpful now that they are in quarantine with the lockdown.

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Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua
Community co-ordinate many environmental, educational and
heritage projects on the island.   

In Lockdown on Quarantine Island

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

"Who would ever have thought the island would be used for quarantining people again?" When Keeper Dries Van den Broeck, Nadjejda Espinel and their children went to live on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua in Otago Harbour in 2017, no-one could foresee that they would end their tour of duty on the island in actual quarantine.

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Northern Royal Albatross in flight.

Royal Albatross Centre Educational Resources

by Otago Peninsula Trust

As free 'n easy as an albatross in flight, the Royal Albatross Centre is offering a free range of educational resources for students: primary, secondary and all levels.

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theartdept. - Artists and Art Educators - is the brainchild of two creative New Zealand women, Pamela Brown and Kerry Mackay.  

Make Yourself a Pocket Pet

by theartdept.org

Kerry and Pamela, artists and art educators, will fish an art idea out of their 'ART suitcase' for young (and not so young) artists keeping safe, staying home and saving lives. All theartdept's creative art ideas will be doable at home with whatever drawing/making materials you have available.

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Activities to do in Your Backyard

by Toyota Kiwi Guardians

A fun thing to do during lock down is to go camping – at home! This can be done in a tent on the lawn, under the stars, sleeping out on the porch or deck. You can even camp inside, if the weather is too wet and wild! Build your own hut out of sheets and chairs.

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Dolomedes minor, Nursery Spider, Glendowie, Auckland, 2017. Photo by iNaturalist user @shaun-lee. CC BY 4.0

Read, watch, play... Kōrero, mātaki, purei

by Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand

Browse New Zealand’s rich history through pictures, quizzes, videos, and articles available online at Te Papa. Learn about the natural environment, Pacific and Māori culture, and everything in between – from vintage fashion to rugby.

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Together at home - check this out on www.nzgeographic.com

Together at Home

by New Zealand Geographic

Here we are—a nation of parents, grandparents and children all in the same boat, together at home. He waka eke noa. Every day of the lock-down we will post a story or video that can be shared among your family. The first few are below, and with them some talking points to fill our days at home together. Mauri ora.

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Your museum, in your home...

@hOMe Otago Museum

by Otago Museum

We're bringing the Museum to you! Virtually at least. Be entertained and inspired during this strange time, and perhaps also see your museum in a different light. It’s not the same as the physical experience of being surrounded by our collection and knowledgeable staff, but it will bring the Museum into your home while you can’t get very far out of it.

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theartdept. - Artists and Art Educators - is the brainchild of two creative New Zealand women, Pamela Brown and Kerry Mackay.  

Be Like Frida and Create a Fabulous Hairdo!

by theartdept.org

Kerry and Pamela, artists and art educators, will fish an art idea out of their 'ART suitcase' for young (and not so young) artists keeping safe, staying home and saving lives. All theartdept's creative art ideas will be doable at home with whatever drawing/making materials you have available.

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Sam at our festival launch in March wearing a live corsage of kānuka and native stick insect.

Backyard Critters

by Wild Dunedin

Wild Dunedin is lucky to have Samuel Purdie as our bug identifier to get you started on thinking about the City Nature Challenge. You might find these invertebrates in your backyard or in some native forest close by.

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NZ Marine Studies Centre offers marine education programmes, and operates a research aquarium.

Fishy Cams

by NZ Marine Studies Centre

What is moving in the touch pool? What fish can you see? What’s the weather like at Portobello? See for yourself! Check out the webcams streaming live from the NZ Marine Studies Centre.

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It's time consuming but if you have a lawn full of dandelions you can collect the flowerheads to make a dandelion cordial.

Eating Weeds

by Jeannie Hayden, Wild Dunedin

Under lockdown when you try to avoid going to the supermarket, and the local farmers market or greengrocer is not available, it's good to know what weeds you can use to add nutrition and taste to a rather tired lettuce or cabbage in the fridge. And you won't even have to leave your backyard to find them.

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theartdept. - Artists and Art Educators - is the brainchild of two creative New Zealand women, Pamela Brown and Kerry Mackay.

Take a Line for a Big Walk on Boxes

by Theartdept

Kerry and Pamela, artists and art educators, will fish an art idea out of their 'ART suitcase' for young (and not so young) artists keeping safe, staying home and saving lives. All theartdept's creative art ideas will be doable at home with whatever drawing/making materials you have available. Create a sculpture you can play with inspired by the artist Hundertwasser.

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 ‘Wild Dunedin Committee Meeting’ depicts Kakapo mansplaining to Tui, while Hoiho listens in. It was made to acknowledge all the work Wild Dunedinites do to create the fabulous Wild Dunedin Festival every year.

Op-Shops and Animals

by Wild Dunedin

Dunedin artist Kerry Mackay spends time with both op-shops and animals as they inspire her art. Kerry often works with found materials, the old and discarded treasures that end up in a second hand shop - waiting. Humour is important to her, and she hopes these "improbable little stitched scenarios" make the viewer smile too.

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Nicola Toki from DOC putting up the argument that the peripatus should be the critter welcoming people to Dunedin at 7x7 Wild Talks 2018.

Wild Dunedin Podcast - 'The Small Things...'

by Wild Dunedin Podcast

Plants and the small things, those little bugs and insects, the things that scurry and flitter about are unlikely to be heading marketing campaigns for Dunedin. But we get told that they are important and have essential roles and ecological niches. In this episode we examine the wildlife we encounter daily.... and walk on past.

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Iso Artists: Dunedin Public Art Gallery

by Dunedin Public Art Gallery

John Neumegen and Jen Boland are Gallery Educators at Dunedin Public Art Gallery and have created a series of art projects to do at home. 'Insideoutboxes' from John is a novel idea for reusing some of the cardboard boxes piling up until recycling can take place. A perfect time to make a special package for Mothers Day.

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 Blue Penguins Pukekura

Following Little Blues

by Karthic SS and Pukekura Blue Penguins

On the edge of the Otago Peninsula, Dr Hiltrun Ratz works with the Pukekura Trust to find out little secrets about the smallest penguins on earth. This 3 minute film by Karthic SS was produced on assignment for The Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago. Hoani Langsbury, Otago Peninsula Trust, introduces this short film...

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Two Kororā Little Penguins - the chick left, adult right.  

A Scientist’s Dream

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

Penguin scientist Dr Hiltrun Ratz has been monitoring Kororā Little Penguins at Takiharuru Pilots Beach since September 2016. Hiltrun works for the Pukekura Trust, a joint venture between the Korako Karetai Trust which owns Takiharuru, and the Otago Peninsula Trust.

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Dr Barb (left) setting up a light trap for collecting moths.

From the desk of Dr Barb...

by Wild Dunedin

Pākākā Tmetolophota purdii is one of my absolute favourite moths. The most part of why I love this moth is its amazing colouring - it's a fabulous deep rusty-orange-burgundy with flashes of muted gold. It's large and velvety and fabulous! (The specimen pictures completely don’t do the live moth justice.)

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Suzy Cato - our 2021 festival guest.

Archey and Friends

by Wild Dunedin

Suzy Cato was to be joining Professor Phil Bishop at the Otago Museum to talk about our fabulous frogs. With lockdown this can no longer happen, but Phil has unearthed a film about the world's most extraordinary amphibian. Phil stars in the film and Suzy is the narrator.

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Aihuka is Kāi Tahu for frost and references the distinctive white patterning on the wings which resemble frost over the brown soil.

Meet the Moths and Do Some Origami

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

Did you know that Aotearoa has over 2,000 species of moths and butterflies and that most of our moths are found nowhere else on earth? Dr Barbara Anderson (Dr Barb) and Ahi Pepe MothNet are finding out where our native moths are, how they’re getting on, and how environmental changes affect them. Your challenge will be to make the Aihuka or Lichen Moth using origami created by Dunedin Game developers, Runaway Play.

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Native Red Admiral butterfly or Kahukura (which translates to red cloak).

Red Admiral butterflies and origami

by Rod Morris, Wild Dunedin

Red Admirals are without doubt one of our prettiest native butterflies, and they are still very common around Dunedin. Learn a little more about this welcome garden visitor from naturalist Rod Morris. Then take up the challenge to do some Red Admiral origami thanks to Dunedin game developer Runaway Play.

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Professor Frog aka Dr Phil Bishop

Is Nature Good for You?

by Dr Phil Bishop, Zoology Dept, University of Otago

Dr Phil Bishop looks into research findings on the positive effects of being out in nature. Most of us enjoy nature; we enjoy walking in the forest, on a beach, in the mountains, in Orokonui Ecosanctuary or just around the Town Belt. We enjoy the smells, the sounds and the sights of living plants and animals and we enjoy sharing ‘nature’ with our loved ones, our friends, and our pets.

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Fun Science master Amadeo Ballestero replicating how octopus propel themselves through water with balloons in the bath.

Fun Science Club at Home

by Wild Dunedin

Amadeo was one of the first to come up with some ideas on how to do his regular Moana Pool Fun Science and Observatory clubs by live streaming from home. The children who attend his Fun Science events suggested he share the events with others. Now how can he replicate the Moana Pool at home?

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Beau Hayden with NZ Fur Seal/Kekeno at Allans Beach on Otago Peninsula.

Bear Face or Dog Face?

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

Can you tell the difference between a New Zealand Sea Lion/Rāpoka/Whakahao and a New Zealand Fur Seal/Kekeno? Amelia Saxby from the Dunedin based NZ Sea Lion Trust says that the best way to tell the difference is from the face.

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Rory Harding in a 300 square metre urban section produces 40 to 50 kilos of kiwifruit and a staggering 200 kilos of feijoas every year.

Making it Look Easy in the City

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

Rory Harding’s spectacular George St Orchard in the heart of Dunedin demonstrates how much food you can grow in 300 square metres. Rory makes it look easy, but hard work, science and microclimates are the secret to his success.

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It's quiet on George St now, but Orokonui Ecosanctuary is busy with Korimako (Bellbirds). - check out @alexhweller on Instagram.

"The more you feed, the more they breed."

by Wild Dunedin

"The more you feed, the more they breed" is Tahu Mackenzie's mantra on why we should give our native birds a helping hand. As it's now cooling down, feeding our native birds sugar water and fruit will top up what they can source in the wild. In return, the birds might treat you with an up close appearance outside your window, so rewarding in this time of isolation.

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NZ Sea Lion pup numbers 2018-19 as presented by DOC coastal Otago ranger Jim Fyfe.

Living with NZ Sea Lions

by Wild Dunedin

Physical distancing for COVID-19 is 2 metres, but NZ Sea Lions need physical distancing from people of at least 10 metres...20 metres if we have a dog. DOC Biodiversity Ranger, Jim Fyfe, talks with Maureen Howard on sharing our shores with NZ Sea Lions.

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Psuedowintera colorata 'Burgundy Delight

Rewilding with Ribbonwood

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

“People are realising that we’ve been cutting down native forest and draining wetlands for the last 150 years and it’s time to put something back. It’s captured the popular imagination.” Phil Dunn of Ribbonwood Nurseries

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Harvesting rosehips in Central Otago.

Wild Herbs in our Backyard

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

With the knowledge that medicine is all around us, Wild Dispensary harvests wild herbs and native plants and creates tonics, elixirs, a spray and even a switchel. Ruth Vaughan of Wild Dispensary loves how our backyard provides an abundance of plants to help us stay healthy.

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Wild Dunedin Podcast - 'The Forest Feast'

by Wild Dunedin Podcasts Series 2

Producer Jamie McAulay finds out the secrets behind Beech forest mast events from Dr Janice Lord. Molly Devine's music takes us right into the forest itself so we can feel the highs and lows of the mast year. Listen now...

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 Blake Hollows bravely holding a Kōura  John Hollows.

Sweet As

by Suzanne Middleton, Wild Dunedin

John Hollows has a fascination with Kōura, freshwater crayfish. Deliciously sweet as they are, he no longer eats them. These endearing pond and river-dwellers are revealing their secrets in a research project managed by John at Keewai, where Kōura are farmed in forestry fire ponds.

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Video: Chasing Nature 3   Land of Birds

Chasing Nature: Land of Birds

by Nature Chasers - Wild Dunedin

Join Nature Chasers Taylor and Sam as they track down some of Dunedin's more feathered friends, and some of the rarest wildlife in the world at Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Watch it, Like it, Share it.

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Southern Right Whale

Wild Dunedin Podcast - 'Whale-come Home?'

by Wild Dunedin

Imagine walking along the water's edge at Ōtākou listening to the the gentle whoosh of the Tohorā, Southern Right Whales, breathing along with the moans and whelps of their social chatter. Once the Otago harbour was a place for whales to shelter. It's possible there were up to 50,000 whales around New Zealand. Recently some have been spotted returning to the mainland...will they ever come back to Otago Harbour in numbers?

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Video: Thriving 23-Year-Old Permaculture Food Forest - An Invitation for Wildness

Is it time to rethink how you garden?

by Wild Dunedin

Happen Films in their short film have beautifully explained the concept of a food forest with Robert and Robyn Guyton's amazing two-acre property in Riverton. Over 23 years it has been transformed from a neglected piece of land into a thriving ecosystem.

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