WINGSPAN: From grassroots beginnings in the 1980’s and the founding of the Wingspan Charitable Trust in 1992, Wingspan is now recognised as New Zealand’s leading conservation, education and research organisation for birds of prey.
Yesterday the Kākāpō Recovery programme transferred four kākāpō from Whenua Hou in the south to Hauturu/Little Barrier Island. Scientists want to see whether these birds can breed on Hauturu without supplementary feeding. As the population grows, more predator-free spaces will be needed.
DOWNLOADABLE POWERPOINT - Methods of predator control - Due to introduced mammalian predators, New Zealand has long been involved in conservation efforts to protect our threatened species. There are many methods of predator control currently used in New Zealand, all of which have positive and negative aspects. The PowerPoint presentation attached allows students to consider some of the pros and cons of various methods of predator control.
INFO SHEET - New Zealand’s unique ecology - New Zealand has a rich and unique range of plants, animals and fungi. The level of distinctive biodiversity is as high as such world-renowned ecosystems as the Galapagos Islands. So how have our unique ecosystems developed?
New Zealand Subantarctic Islands group - TEACHING RESOURCE: 25 million years of isolation has led to speciation and a number of endemic species on the Subantarctic Islands that are closely related to New Zealand mainland species. ‘Speciation’ is an evolutionary process by which reproductively isolated populations evolve to become distinct species. An example is the New Zealand snipe, a small bird with strong legs and a long beak.