The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust held an open day today, Sunday the 7th of September 2008, to celebrate Conservation Week 2008 and the unveiling of directional and interpretive signage sponsored by power generation company Mighty River Power.

Visitors admire new signage at the MEIT southern enclosure at Pukeatua.

David Wallace Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust Chair of Trustees with Mighty River Power representatives.

David Wallace chatting with Dad.

A loo in the bush.

Botanist Bruce Burns discussing plants with visitors.

Photographer Phil Brown describing the life of the Rata.

Phil Brown showing his photographs at the aviary. Many of Phil’s photographs feature on the signs unveiled today. Phil’s website is here.

A kiwi eye view of the MEIT southern enclosure viewing tower. 16 metres in height.

Special visitor for the day. A 100 (plus) year old tuatara from Otorohanga Kiwi House. I didn’t catch his(?) name.

New MEIT southern enclosure directional signs.

Botanist Bruce Burns against a fallen tree backdrop clearly illustrating the regeneration occurring inside the Maungataurari enclosure.

The chaps on the food stall. (I make a useless reporter – I can’t for the life of me remember which worthy organisation these men are from). The chips were good – it was actually quite cold.

This was my first visit to the fence. I found the whole experience inspiring.

This was published using Google Chrome. Not bad at all.