Conservation Week 2019
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·14 September 2019 - 22 September 2019 Every year Conservation Week sees thousands of New Zealanders getting involved through doing conservation activities at…
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Conservation Week 2017
Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri)
Takahē – an introduction — TEACHING RESOURCE. The takahē is a large, flightless bird – the largest living rail bird in the world. Rails are a family of ground-living birds and live on every continent except Antarctica. Takahē are endemic to Aotearoa New Zealand, which means they naturally live here and nowhere else in the world.
Takahē in tussock
Takahē – a context for learning — TEACHING RESOURCE. The takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is an endangered species and classed as nationally vulnerable under the New Zealand Threat Classification System. The takahē is a flightless bird found only in New Zealand. It was presumed extinct in 1898 but rediscovered by Dr Geoffrey Orbell and his team in a remote valley in the Murchison Mountains in 1948.
Can we make New Zealand pest-free? – introduction
Can we make NZ pest free by 2050? - RESOURCE SET: Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation’s natural taonga, our economy and primary sector. Urban ecosanctuary ZEALANDIA, with support from WWF New Zealand, has produced a comprehensive teaching resource supporting schools to explore the pest-free vision with students.
Prey behaviour: freeze or flee
STUDENT ACTIVITY - Prey behaviour: freeze or flee - In this activity, students take on the role of a native frog, native bird or introduced mammalian predator and participate in a physically active simulation. The activity highlights different predator/prey strategies and one aspect of why mammalian predators have had such a dramatic effect in New Zealand.
Ocean acidification and eggshells
STUDENT ACTIVITY - Ocean acidification and eggshells - In this activity, students observe how chicken eggs can be used to simulate the potential effects of increasing ocean acidity on marine animals with calcium carbonate shells or skeletons, for example, bryozoans and cockles.
Human impact on rivers
INFO SHEET - Human impact on rivers - Excess nutrients from agricultural intensification contribute to river pollution. Image: Excess nutrients contribute to river pollution Human beings have an impact on river ecosystems. The relationship living organisms have with each other and with their environment is extremely complex. Impacts on a species or a non-living element may have long-term consequences for a river ecosystem.
Conservation Week 2017
EVENT - Get into nature during Conservation Week. The overarching theme for Conservation Week is 'Healthy Nature Healthy People'. It encourages people to become aware of the link between a healthy natural environment and their own health. Get a head start for Conservation Week 2017 by subscribing to What’s Up DOC?