Conservation week

There are lots of resources to support conservation and teaching about conservation on the Science Learning Hub. Try an advanced search http://bit.ly/w3m0Cz and check out the Conservation Week website http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation-week-home/
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Student Activity - Making a tracking tunnel - In this activity, students make a tracking tunnel to monitor the presence of pest species in a neighbouring gully or their school grounds.

Student Activity - Making a tracking tunnel - In this activity, students make a tracking tunnel to monitor the presence of pest species in a neighbouring gully or their school grounds.

TURNING KIWIFRUIT WASTE INTO A SPOON? In this Innovation story, we learn about a compostable bioplastic material that incorporates kiwifruit residues and the importance of collaboration in the development of the biospife. Its success represents a significant step in bioplastic development. We see how the knowledge gained may be applied to other products and waste streams, addressing increasing demand for sustainable materials.

TURNING KIWIFRUIT WASTE INTO A SPOON? In this Innovation story, we learn about a compostable bioplastic material that incorporates kiwifruit residues and the importance of collaboration in the development of the biospife. Its success represents a significant step in bioplastic development. We see how the knowledge gained may be applied to other products and waste streams, addressing increasing demand for sustainable materials.

This story is about where the land meets the sea. We have 15 134 km of coastline with extensive marine habitat. Land and sea are intricately linked, one impacting on the other – an ecosystem needing care and protection.

This story is about where the land meets the sea. We have 15 134 km of coastline with extensive marine habitat. Land and sea are intricately linked, one impacting on the other – an ecosystem needing care and protection.

Saving Reptiles and Amphibians -   Conservation of native frogs, tuatara, skinks and geckos -   What’s unique about our native reptiles and amphibians, and why are they at risk? Learn more about the science behind conservation efforts for them here in New Zealand.

Saving Reptiles and Amphibians - Conservation of native frogs, tuatara, skinks and geckos - What’s unique about our native reptiles and amphibians, and why are they at risk? Learn more about the science behind conservation efforts for them here in New Zealand.

Life in the Sea -  Exploring New Zealand’s marine environments -   New Zealand scientists use a range of methods to learn about life in the sea around us. How do our marine organisms interact, and how do we affect them?

Life in the Sea - Exploring New Zealand’s marine environments - New Zealand scientists use a range of methods to learn about life in the sea around us. How do our marine organisms interact, and how do we affect them?

New Zealand’s reptiles and amphibians have many unique adaptations and unusual life processes. Click on any of the animals to view short video clips and images to learn more.

New Zealand’s reptiles and amphibians have many unique adaptations and unusual life processes. Click on any of the animals to view short video clips and images to learn more.

Enviro-imprints  Affecting and protecting the natural world around us.  Since humans first arrived in New Zealand, we have had a significant impact on the environment. How have we left our mark on our land, our air and our water?

Enviro-imprints Affecting and protecting the natural world around us. Since humans first arrived in New Zealand, we have had a significant impact on the environment. How have we left our mark on our land, our air and our water?

VIDEO - Translocating animals - Associate Professor Alison Cree, from the University of Otago, talks about the importance of translocation for the conservation of our native species. In New Zealand, the Department of Conservation has the authority to approve translocation proposals. They do this in consultation with Māori as well as species experts.

VIDEO - Translocating animals - Associate Professor Alison Cree, from the University of Otago, talks about the importance of translocation for the conservation of our native species. In New Zealand, the Department of Conservation has the authority to approve translocation proposals. They do this in consultation with Māori as well as species experts.

Student Activity - Similarities and differences: skinks and geckos. In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based Venn diagram to illustrate the key similarities and differences between skinks and geckos.

Student Activity - Similarities and differences: skinks and geckos. In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based Venn diagram to illustrate the key similarities and differences between skinks and geckos.

Protecting native birds - New Zealand birds evolved in isolation from natural predators for around 65 million years. When human settlers arrived, changes came rapidly, and birds were poorly adapted to withstand threats to their survival.

Protecting native birds - New Zealand birds evolved in isolation from natural predators for around 65 million years. When human settlers arrived, changes came rapidly, and birds were poorly adapted to withstand threats to their survival.

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