The conditions were perfect at Lake Wairarapa for the third annual count of kākahi (native freshwater mussel). Over thirty people, including new and returning volunteers, joined in to carry out the survey at Lake Domain. They waded in to collect kākahi then examined and recorded information about this little-known native species.
The water was still and clear and we saw clearly visible kākahi tracks beneath the water which was exciting. We also found a wading bird feeding ground with a significant number of empty kākahi shells.
The data will be analysed and added to our previous years of kākahi monitoring information on the Kākahi Monitoring at Lake Wairarapa page.
Have a look at our kākahi 2017 photo gallery to see what it was about.