Saturday, December 15, 2018

New Vice President - Ian Armitage

Ian has enjoyed an interest in birds from childhood and being a Wellingtonian three of the locations he best remembers watching and learning about birds in the 1950s were when tramping in the Tararua and Remutaka Ranges and at the Pencarrow lakes near the entrance of Wellington Harbour.  A keen interest in birds and forests led Ian into a career in forestry with the former NZ Forest Service, mostly in the North Island.  During the 1980s Ian was appointed to advisory positions for forestry development and conservation in Samoa and elsewhere in the South Pacific, also in South East Asia.  Since 1991 he has been an independent consultant in forestry development in Asia, especially in China.  Ian joined the OSNZ in 2001 and was Regional Representative in Wellington for six years.  He became a life member of the society in 2004.  He contributed to the organisation of the 2006 and 2011 society conferences that were hosted by Wellington Region and he led the organisation of the Wellington Harbour Bird Survey in 2008 to 2010.  Ian joined Council in 2012.  He has been an enthusiastic contributor to and supporter of the eBird system since it was introduced.  Ian has taken the lead with the design and construction of a new digital database for all Beach Patrol records that aims to systematically document the identity, location and numbers of all birds found dead on New Zealand beaches.  In another dimension involving birds Ian is a member of the National Oiled Wildlife Response Group for Maritime New Zealand and was actively involved in wildlife management and recovery operations in the ‘Rena’ accident near Tauranga in late 2011 and early 2012.