Next month the 10th Meeting of ACAP’s Advisory Committee will be hosted by New Zealand in the capital city of Wellington. The meeting will be preceded by meetings of two of its three working groups. A number of social events have been planned for the two weeks of meetings as set out in the meetings’ third circular and summarised below.
AC10 will kick off with New Zealand hosting an evening welcome event on Monday 11 September in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. This event will include the Seabird Smart Award for 2017 presentation by Southern Seabirds Solutions.
The next evening the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand (a BirdLife national partner) has invited delegates and attendees to drinks and a light meal to celebrate New Zealand’s role as seabird capital of the world. The reception will be held in Forest & Bird’s national office in Wellington.
New Zealand will also be hosting a field trip to Zealandia - “the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary” - for all AC10 delegates on Thursday 14 September. Visits to the collections at the Te Papa will also be arranged. A six-hour pelagic trip to the Cook Strait, separating New Zealand’s North and South Islands, has been scheduled for up to 20 delegates on Sunday 10 September. This trip will be weather dependent and ACAP’s Information Officer hopes the sea will be forgiving enough for him to enjoy fully the planned on-board barbecue lunch.
In addition, ACAP will hold a Pterodroma Workshop on Saturday 9 September. Persons wishing to attend the workshop should register by 25 August. For the workshop agenda and the registration form click here.
A pair of New Zealand-endemic Antipodean Albatrosses on Antipodes Island, photograph by Erica Sommer
A discussion on the plight of the globally Vulnerable Antipodean Albatross Diomedea antipodensis, endemic to New Zealand, will be conducted in the meetings’ margins as time permits.
John Cooper, ACAP information Officer, 15 August 2017