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A couple of South Canterbury girls and leaders had the opportunity to release black stilt (kaki) recently.
GirlGuiding South Canterbury took part in a project last year on learning about and raising funds for the black stilt (Kaki) which is found only in the South Canterbury area.
The black stilts are grown in captivity with 31 birds, including two adults, and were released right beside the Cowans Hill Walkway. Toni Wells (Temuka Guide leader in Temuka) and Kerin Crozier (Brownie leader in Timaru) both attended with their children including daughters, Emi and Mikayla.
“Emi wore her full uniform complete with Kaki patch sewn onto her sash and was treated like a movie star. Ursula and the other DOC staff loved the patch,” says Toni.
The kids got to open a box each to release the birds and we stayed for about an hour afterwards just watching them. They are beautiful little birds. The DOC lady made special mention of us being there and acknowledged our contribution to the fundraising, which was really neat.
“The area where they have been released (right beside the Cowans Hill Walkway) means that we can go back and visit to see how they are going anytime - awesome.”
What has South Canterbury been up to in 2013?
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I know you have been out camping, doing Community Service and generally having a lot of GirlGuiding Adventures - lets show everyone what we have been doing!
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