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Workshop for braided river practitioners, stakeholders, and students.

This workshop carries on from historic workshops held at Environment Canterbury to update managers and researchers on black-fronted tern research and management, and Department of Conservation TAG (Technical Advisory Group) workshops with a wider focus on braided river birds.

Speaker Topics
SESSION 1: Where are we now? What is the current status of our river birds?
Dr John Dowding Consultant Conserving birds in braided rivers: an overview of current and future challenges
Dr Rachel McClellan Wildland Consultants Population trends of the Nationally Critical black-billed gull
Nick Ledgard Chair ARRG Ten-year population and breeding trends on the Ashley River
Peter Langlands Contractor A three-year study on breeding productivity for wrybill and South Island Pied Oystercatcher in the upper Rangitata.
Dr Mark Sanders Sanders Consulting Is the ‘moat effect’ real? A review of what we know – and don’t know – about how flow affects predation on braided river birds
Dr. Frances Schmechel ECan Canterbury Water Management Strategy & Braided River Flagship Programme – Upper Rangitata & Rakaia
SESSION 3: Where to from here? What might improve future river bird outcomes?
Dr Rachel McClellan  Wildland Consultants How do we stop the decline of the world’s most threatened gull?
Arijana Barun Postdoctoral Fellow Lincoln University Development of new toxins, lures and delivery systems for predators
Chris Woolmore DOC Braided river ecology as part of riverbird management
Susan Anderson DOC New approach to black-fronted tern management
Herb Familton DOC Life Supporting River-flows for Braided Riverbed birds- Hurunui River as an example: What the science tells us, what tools exist, and what flows have we got?
SESSION 4: Rivercare Updates and Issues – who’d doing what, issues needing solutions
Dr. Mark Sanders Sanders Consulting
Prof. Ken Hughey DOC, Lincoln University
What is effective education, advocacy and community involvement including working with water infrastructure development and Environmental Trusts?