SIGNS OF SPRING
September is traditionally the first day of Spring - there's lots of great science topics to explore in Spring!
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When does spring officially start in NZ? It's complicated
Whether you're a September 1 or 21 kind of person when it comes to the official start of spring, rest assured the weather won't necessarily go along with either. The seasons will unfold as they will, paying no attention to our efforts to constrain them for convenience. One of the best-known seasonal rules is we have three months of each – with a sudden change, not far short of miraculous, to the next season on the first days of September, December, March and June.
Which duck is which?
Which duck is which? - STUDENT ACTIVITY. By early Spring a lot of duck species have paired up and are looking for nesting sites - so look out for pairs of ducks and the odd brawl as unpaired males make a last ditch attempt for 'love'. The cards in this activity will help you to identify the ducks you might see.
Spring in Wellington drives me crazy
Spring in Wellington drives me crazy - STUFF OPINION PIECE. Spring is supposed to be the season of new beginnings, but here in Wellington, it's the beginning of hell. I'm a proud Wellingtonian, loyal to the city that has been my home for two decades. I love the coffee, the people, our world-class restaurants and running on Wellington's trails. But I've endured too many springs to defend the season that signals the dawn of the new.
Identifying moths - VIDEO. Dr Robert Hoare from Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research explains why it’s challenging to identify moths. He also notes that observation leads to appreciation and, hopefully, conservation. Robert tells us why we shouldn’t use our fingers when observing and identifying moths. Look closely to see what common instrument Robert and the students use when working with moths.