Showing in: Wanaka
Wanaka Session 5: Sunday July 1
11:00am to 3:00pm (talk at 12:30pm)
Crystal will host our Environmental film show and also give a 30 minute talk on what it’s like to live the lifestyle of a ranger in this environment and what she has learned from a summer spent high in the mountains of Fiordland seeking an endangered alpine species: the iconic and tenacious rock wren.
She is an all-around ranger for the Department of Conservation, a passionate landscape photographer, an avid tramper, and a keen trail runner committed to immersing herself in New Zealand’s greatest landscapes and sharing the wonder she finds in the natural world. After five seasons of work with the Department of Conservation, Crystal has experienced life in the hills as a hut warden, biodiversity ranger, and most recently as a research assistant in alpine Fiordland. Each season and every new role teaches unique skills and further develops Crystal’s intimate connection with the land and everything that lives within it.
To truly get to know a place in its seasons and daily rhythms one must live with the natural environment. Careful observation of the natural world is essential to studying the plants and animals that make their home in the mountains of New Zealand’s wild places.