ENV210: “ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION SEMINAR: WETLANDS”
Offered: 2022 Term 1
Days and time: 4 bi-weekly sessions on alternate Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm.
Dates: Wed 16 February, Wed 2 March, Wed 16 March and Wed 30 March 2022.
Location: EarthDiverse, 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (see map below under Location tab), on-line via Zoom, or through video recordings of our live-streamed sessions posted 1-2 days after each class.
Distance learning options: You can either attend our sessions in-person, stay at home with our Covid-safe access via live-streamed and interactive Zoom sessions, or access our course by viewing the video-recorded sessions of each live-streamed class usually available the next day.
This four-session course meets on alternate Wednesdays beginning 16 February 2022:
- Wed 16 Feb: Wetlands: Education and Advocacy with Karen Denyer
- Wetlands – education and advocacy. Karen will talk about the work that the National Wetland Trust does to get kiwis ‘into’ wetlands, to increase wetland appreciation and understanding, and about the restoration journey the Trust is undertaking at Rotopiko near Ohaupo.
- Karen is the Executive Officer of the National Wetland Trust. She is a qualified ecologist with extensive experience in wetland restoration, education and advocacy.
- Wed 2 March: eDNA 101 with Bruno David
- Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a rapidly evolving field that is being increasingly used to identify biological organisms in freshwater and terrestrial environments globally. In flowing aquatic systems, streams act like a conveyer belt, delivering eDNA from both terrestrial and aquatic systems. By sampling eDNA within water a much more holistic understanding of how aquatic ecosystems work can be gained. In this talk I will give a basic introduction to how eDNA works, how everyday people can collect robust data and how those data can be used to describe existing aquatic communities and how those communities may change in response to rehabilitation projects.
- Wed 16 March: How Wetlands Help: Managing Farm Nutrient Losses with Chris Tanner
- Tonight’s session focuses on guidelines for constructing wetlands to manage diffuse farm nutrient losses, and the potential of wetlands in terms of meeting our water quality requirements/goals.
- Chris Tanner has over 35 years of research and consultancy experience on the ecology and functioning of natural and constructed wetlands.
- Wed 30th March: Te Reo o te Repo: Ruru & Kawau: Whakapapa/ecology in relation to the Waikato River system with Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman and Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi (Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Rangi, Dutch)
- Te Reo o te Repo: Ruru-Kawau – whakapapa/ecology in relation to the Waikato River system and repo
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Distance Learning: This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:
- attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time,
- attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time,
- watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.
These options can be mixed and matched throughout the course to suit your own availability and location.
This seminar series is a join collaboration between GoEco and EarthDiverse. More information on each speaker is coming shortly.
In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.
Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.
Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.
- Any Term can be taken independently of the others, and there are no prerequisites for any of the Term courses.
- This class has no assignments, required readings, quizzes, tests or exams.
- All classes encourage questions and group discussion.
- PDF copies of each class presentation, where appropriate, are emailed to all participants the next day so that you are free to focus on class content rather than taking notes. You are most welcome to come, sit back, relax, take part in and enjoy the discussions!
- Course fees include a short tea/coffee/snack break somewhere in the middle of each session.
- There are no refunds for missed classes. Missed classes can be made up by watching the on-line recording of the class session, which is usually posted within 24 hours.
- Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single class at no charge.
- Certificates of Completion for any particular Term Course or Series are available for Professional Development purposes upon request at the end of each Term or Series.
Cost per person per Term (4 class sessions in this Seminar series):
- Suggested koha: NZ$45 (includes GST + online registration fee). This allows us to cover course costs.
- Pay whatever you can (unemployed, students, seniors): as we don’t wish to exclude anyone from taking this fabulous series of sessions, we’re offering for the first time a pay what you want option to help us cover our costs.
Prices for Suggested koha and Pay What You Can registrants still allow you to chose the method for accessing our courses. This means that you have the option to mix and match access between attending our regularly-scheduled live class sessions in our Hamilton classrooms, accessing our live class sessions on-line via Zoom at the regularly scheduled class meeting time (no matter where you are located), or watching the video-recorded sessions anywhere at a time and date of your choosing. This allows you to study at your own pace and in your own time.
Once registered, you have three choices for attending your course:
- attend our in-person class sessions in our Hamilton classrooms,
- Zoom in to our live classroom sessions and participate in discussions,
- access the live-recorded class sessions each week. This allows you to register for an entire course, even though the scheduled class session day/time may not be suitable to your schedule. You may also use this option to watch any recorded session for review, or in case you may miss a class session due to prior engagement, being away, or due to illness. This allows you to catch up with any “missed” sessions at a more suitable time.
Once registered, you will receive detailed instructions on how to access our courses via either of the distance-learning options, i.e. live access via Zoom, or watching the video-recorded sessions.
LOCATION: All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front on Anglesea Street.
DISTANCE LEARNING: You get to choose your location when you Zoom in to our live classroom sessions, or access our classes at your leisure and at a time and day of your choosing by watching the video recorded sessions from each class. This allows you to study at your own pace.