'Monarch' tree cut down

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  • #51571

    monkey
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    While walking through Dominion Park,Nawton,Hamilton I was saddened to notice that a large conifer tree had been cut down. All last winter this tree & one on either side of it had been host to Monarch butterflies; a fledgling over-wintering site, with up to 30 butterflies sheltering here. On a sunny winter’s day they would fly off, & would return as the day got colder. No doubt there was a good reason for the tree to be removed; I can only hope that the other 2 will be allowed to remain.

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  • #51589

    Jacqui
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    Hello Di, yes please do so, jacqui@monarch.org.nz

    #51587

    monkey
    Participant

    Jacqui I have eventually had a really good reply from the person in charge of trees for Hamilton City Council. Our correspondence is quite large & probably not for publication on this forum. Can I email you privately?
    Di

    #51581

    Jacqui
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    Awesome, thanks for that.

    #51577

    monkey
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    Actually I did report that I had seen quite a few Monarchs over winter in Dominion Park last winter. I think it might have been while you were away as it was someone else who replied to me.
    I have reported the cutting down of the tree on the Hamilton Neighbourly website.

    I will send a copy of my email to the Hamilton City Council, & maybe send a copy to Letters to the Ed of Waikato Times.

    #51574

    Jacqui
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    Who would be the relevant authority, Monkey? It would be good to ensure that they knew about the overwintering colony – but I don’t think these trees have ever been reported in to http://www.mb.org.nz.

    It’s a good reason why sightings should be reported in to the website – recently the data there helped us make a strong submission to leave conifer trees where they are in Christchurch.

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