Conservation Week 2017

14-22 October 2017 The overarching theme for Conservation Week is 'Healthy Nature Healthy People'. It encourages people to become aware of the link between a healthy natural environment and their own health.
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Conserving New Zealand’s fungi.  We may be aware of the conservation problems facing kiwi, tuatara, hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin), kākāpo and black robin, but what do we know about the unique challenges faced by New Zealand fungi?

Conserving New Zealand’s fungi. We may be aware of the conservation problems facing kiwi, tuatara, hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin), kākāpo and black robin, but what do we know about the unique challenges faced by New Zealand fungi?

EVENT - Get into nature during Conservation Week. The overarching theme for Conservation Week is 'Healthy Nature Healthy People'. It encourages people to become aware of the link between a healthy natural environment and their own health.  Get a head start for Conservation Week 2017 by subscribing to What’s Up DOC?

EVENT - Get into nature during Conservation Week. The overarching theme for Conservation Week is 'Healthy Nature Healthy People'. It encourages people to become aware of the link between a healthy natural environment and their own health. Get a head start for Conservation Week 2017 by subscribing to What’s Up DOC?

INFO SHEET - Human impact on rivers -  Excess nutrients from agricultural intensification contribute to river pollution. Image: Excess nutrients contribute to river pollution  Human beings have an impact on river ecosystems. The relationship living organisms have with each other and with their environment is extremely complex. Impacts on a species or a non-living element may have long-term consequences for a river ecosystem.

Human beings have an impact on river ecosystems. The relationship living organisms have with each other and with their environment is extremely complex. Impacts on a species or a non-living element may have long-term consequences for a river ecosystem.

Can we make NZ pest free by 2050? - RESOURCE SET:   Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation’s natural taonga, our economy and primary sector.  Urban ecosanctuary ZEALANDIA, with support from WWF New Zealand, has produced a comprehensive teaching resource supporting schools to explore the pest-free vision with students.

Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation’s natural taonga, our economy and primary sector.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - River connections - In this activity, students make connections between the river environment and the species in and around it, learning about their relationships. The activity helps them visualise the interdependence within the river environment.

ACTIVITY: River connections – visualising the intedependence of river organisms and the river environment

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Mapping the future - In this activity, students use the Ake Ake model to explore changes that have taken place in their environment in the last 50–100 years and to plan for the next 50 years.

VIDEO CLIP: Researcher Lorraine Dixon describes what a cultural indicator is and why indicators are important to Māori.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Saving taonga -   In this activity, students learn about eels and/or whitebait and how human activity has impacted on their lives. Students learn about obstacles these taonga face and about possible solutions (mitigation) for the problems.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Saving Taonga - In this activity, students learn about eels and/or whitebait and how human activity has impacted on their lives. Students learn about obstacles these taonga face and about possible solutions (mitigation) for the problems.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - 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.

This article looks at how the ecology of New Zealand is unique and has evolved in isolation. Since separating from Gondwana 80 million years ago, New Zealand has evolved a collection of bird-based ecosystems unlike anywhere else in the world.

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?

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Moth collecting -   In this activity, students watch a video of Dr Robert Hoare collecting moths in an Auckland park and then plan their own expedition.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Moth collecting - In this activity, students watch a video of Dr Robert Hoare collecting moths in an Auckland park and then plan their own expedition.


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