We are a bunch of unpaid passionate volunteers who founded this project. We believe that it’s time for Wellingtonians to work along side each other to reduce predators. And so we made a start with creating this project.
Rosi Merz is the founder of Backyard Sanctuaries and holds a bachelor in
Ecology and Biodiversity.For the last couple of years she has been employed
as a research assistant for Victoria University on a project that is trying to
develop a pheromone based super lure for possums and rats. With many years
of experience in predator monitoring and control, and pretty much any available
trap in her backyard Rosi can help you find the right tool, technique and bait to
tackle any predator (expect for Moreporks and Falcons of course). You have
guessed it: Animal behaviour and predator eradication are Rosi’s main research interest.
Jessica Jenkins is a BYS project volunteer. A studentat Victoria University,
she will complete her BSc in Ecology & Biodiversity and Environmental Studies
in 2017. Intrigued by the philosophy that nature is produced through complex
relationships between humans and non humans, the essence of Backyard Sanctuaries
peaks her interest. She is passionate about working collectively to educate on and
protect our living taonga.Ma te kotahitanga e whai kaha ai tatau – In unity we have strength.
We had lot’s of other kind volunteer support us and we’d like to thank them all. A particular thanks to Toya Heatley for donating her wonderful bird an lizard photographs. Wim Gooseman for making our website for an incredibly discounted rate. Jessica Dickinson for workshop support. Lucia Zanmonti for taking free professional photographs. And Ana Frka for her support with letterbox drops and free workshop venue hire.
We always welcome people offering their voluntary time and support in any way, please contact us if you’d like to support us. This project is only possible due to volunteers.