Kiwi - saving rowi, our rarest kiwi - Term 4, starting Nov 21, 2012
What you will do
In preparation for this field trip you will learn about
- New Zealand birds
- the different species of kiwi
- kiwi features
- life cycle
- the special significance of kiwi to Māori
- threats to kiwi
- the new "Kiwis for kiwi" initiative
- how you can help the kiwi
- 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.
Main Learning Areas
Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 1-4
Key Competencies, Literacy and Numeracy
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As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?
What's in a Field Trip
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