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Summary Page: Takahē - building on 60 years of conservation
Term 4 starting 22 October 2013.



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Teachers - you've got permission to have real live takahē in your classroom! Your kids will travel to Te Anau and get right inside the recovery programme. This trip fits well with big ideas like restoration, heritage, conservation, threatened species, birds, population, flight. Your students will love takahe chicks! This is an exciting story. We'd love to have you and your class share it with us. Enrol now.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:

  • takahē, a taonga to Ngāi Tahu and a conservation icon whose status is nationally critical - one step away from extinction
  • native ecosystems and in particular the Murchison Mountains in Fiordland where takahē live
  • how 60 years of takahē conservation has pioneered techniques for managing protected natural areas, captive rearing, wild releases and island translocations
  • how science and smart technologies have contributed to species recovery programmes
  • how to analyse over 20 years of takahē population data
  • the threats to takahē survival and what you can do to help takahē and other native species.

During the field trip you will:

  • use science ideas and techniques as you take part in conservation work
  • meet DOC rangers who are working to save the takahē
  • get up close to a rare takahē chick
  • be part of the team that transfers takahē eggs from Mana Island (Wellington) to the Burwood Bush rearing unit near Te Anau
  • use Sky Ranger technology to find out about takahē survival
  • discover how science has changed our thinking and techniques used for species recovery
  • relate the restoration of the takahē to local and global issues like sustainability, climate change, food webs, interconnectedness and human activity
  • see examples of what you can do near your place to help native species
  • inquire into species recovery around New Zealand.

Where you will go

On this field trip you will travel to some very remote parts of New Zealand! Firstly, you will travel all the way south to Burwood Bush near Te Anau, one of the few secure sites for takahē to breed in a predator-free environment. Then it's across Lake Te Anau to a Specially Protected Area in the Murchison Mountains to the sole remaining wild population of takahē. These bleak and remote mountains grow very tough and hardy plants such as alpine grasses. This food suits the takahē very well. Note weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 1-4; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-4

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Inquiry Topics: adaptations of birds, biodiversity, birds, Burwood Bush, competition, conservation, environment, flightless birds, habitat, icons, life cycle, mountain habitat, national park, native birds, pest control, predators, protected environments, Southland, takahē, takahē breeding unit, threatened species

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