April 2018 – Volunteering at Aongatete Forest

A community thrives on volunteers and they come in all shapes and sizes. Whether its helping the environment or the elderly or the infirm or the animals, every voluntary group needs a variety of people. And so it is with the Aongatete Forest Project. There’s Barry and Tom, the strong, silent types, who vanish all day into the forest with packs heavy with rat bait or possum lures. There’s Barbara, whose ebullient personality gets us doing things we really didn’t think we could do. There’s ...
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March 2017 – Rat dog

A new volunteer has come to Aongatete forest to help the Project to control rats. She didn’t walk in carrying a bag of rat bait. Instead she trotted in on her four paws, wearing a special vest and muzzle. She is a rat dog called Millie. Rat dogs are specially trained to detect rats. They and their handlers go regularly to our sanctuary off-shore islands, to check that they remain free of rats. At Aongatete, Millie and her boss Scott Sambell explored around the Outdoor ...
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