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Term 4 starting 21 November 2012.



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In preparation for this field trip you will learn about

  • New Zealand birds
  • the different species of kiwi
  • kiwi features
  • life cycle
  • diet
  • the special significance of kiwi to Māori
  • threats to kiwi
  • the new "Kiwis for kiwi" initiative
  • how you can help the kiwi
During the field trip you will
  • visit a kiwi conservation project on the West Coast
  • meet dedicated people from DOC who are involved in kiwi recovery and BNZ Operation Nest Egg
  • use the specialised technologies and techniques including the egg-timer transmitter and the aerial sky ranger to track incubating kiwi eggs
  • join the forest search for a kiwi burrow and help lift a wild egg to be taken back to the West Coast Wildlife Centre for incubation
  • find out how conservation groups and volunteers are making a difference to kiwi right across New Zealand
  • meet Michelle Impey, Executive Director of Kiwis for Kiwi, and work out what you can do to make a difference in your part of New Zealand

Where you will go

Rowi are New Zealand's rarest kiwi, with an estimated 300 surviving in just 10 000 hectares in South Ōkārito Forest, in South Westland. There are five species of kiwi that live throughout New Zealand. In the 1990s it was recognised that kiwi were on the brink of extinction and it was not known why. Introduced predators were identified as the main cause so Operation Nest Egg and other initiatives were set up to help the kiwi recovery programme. Operation Nest Egg is used to boost a population of kiwi quickly but some kiwi conservation projects use predator control as well, or instead of, Operation Nest Egg.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 1-4

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adaptations of birds, biodiversity, birds, competition, conservation, environment, flightless birds, habitat, icons, kiwi, kiwi recovery, life cycle, native birds, pest control, predators, protected environments, rowi, taonga, threatened species, West Coast