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Term 4 starting 20 October 2010.



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For 50 years takahē were thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered in 1948. Now there are about 250 birds left, although takahē are still one of New Zealand's most endangered species. Get involved first-hand with the Takahē Breeding Programme at Burwood Bush. Help monitor this season's wild takahē chicks and learn about the full-time job of rearing captive chicks. Head into the Murchison Mountains to see how the predator control programme operates to provide added protection for takahē. Discover the science and technology behind DOC's Takahē Recovery Project.

Where you will go

The Murchison Mountains are part of the Fiordland National Park. They can be found at the south western part of the South Island of New Zealand. These bleak and remote mountains grow very tough and hardy plants such as alpine grasses. This food suits the takahē very well.

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English: Listening, Reading and Viewing Levels 2-4, Speaking, Writing and Presenting Levels 2-4; Mathematics and Statistics: Number and Algebra Levels 2-3, Statistics Levels 2-3; Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 1-4

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Inquiry Topics: adaptations of birds, biodiversity, birds, captive rearing, competition, conservation, deer control, environment, flightless birds, habitat, life cycle, masting year, mountain habitat, native birds, pest control, predators, protected environments, recovery programme, Southland, takahē, takahē rearing unit

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