ESTUARIES

NZ has around 300 estuaries - meaning many of us will be able to arrange a class field trip easily. Estuaries offer multiple opportunities for learning about science topics and concepts such as ecosystems, habitats, conservation, scientific methods for monitoring nature, mātauranga Māori, biodiversity, sedimentation and many others!
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WATER QUALITY - RESOURCE. The factors that affect water quality include where the water comes from, what is in the environment in the collection area and how it is treated.

The factors that affect water quality include where the water comes from, what is in the environment in the collection area and how it is treated.

THE EFFECTS OF SEDIMENT ON WATER - VIDEO.  ESR scientist Dr Chris Nokes discusses the effect sediment can have on microorganisms in the water. It is possible that microorganisms survive longer in sediment than they do in water, and when it rains, this sediment is stirred up and the water becomes difficult to treat.

The effect of sediment on water quality

FLIGHT OF THE GODWIT - RESOURCE. Godwits leave New Zealand from various estuaries (Manawatū, Miranda, Golden Bay, Christchurch, Otago and Southland) from the second week of March to the end of the month. It seems they fly direct from New Zealand to eastern Asian estuaries (Japan, Korea and China). Meet this estuary dweller and learn more about their biology and the science of tracking them.

FLIGHT OF THE GODWIT - RESOURCE. Godwits leave New Zealand from various estuaries (Manawatū, Miranda, Golden Bay, Christchurch, Otago and Southland) from the second week of March to the end of the month. It seems they fly direct from New Zealand to eastern Asian estuaries (Japan, Korea and China). Meet this estuary dweller and learn more about their biology and the science of tracking them.

BIRD HOTEL - STUDENT ACTIVITY. By the end of this activity, students should understand the importance of estuaries for bird migration. In the activity, students take on the role of migrating birds. By participating in a physically active simulation, they experience the journey from summer breeding grounds to winter feeding grounds. As the activity progresses different scenarios affect these areas and the ability to successfully migrate.

BIRD HOTEL - STUDENT ACTIVITY. By the end of this activity, students should understand the importance of estuaries for bird migration. In the activity, students take on the role of migrating birds. By participating in a physically active simulation, they experience the journey from summer breeding grounds to winter feeding grounds. As the activity progresses different scenarios affect these areas and the ability to successfully migrate.

PROTECTING ESTUARIES - RESOURCE. Estuaries are extremely valuable.

Estuaries are extremely valuable.

HUBBUB ESTUARY - STUDENT ACTIVITY. In this activity, students become aware of the importance of estuaries. They identify some possible impacts on estuaries and possible actions that can be taken to protect them.

In this activity, students become aware of the importance of estuaries. They identify some possible impacts on estuaries and possible actions that can be taken to protect them.

Estuaries - a Māori perspective - STUDENT ACTIVITY. In this activity, students explore Māori perspectives concerning estuaries.

Estuaries - a Māori perspective - STUDENT ACTIVITY. In this activity, students explore Māori perspectives concerning estuaries.


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