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Citizen scientists

Citizen scientists are volunteers who participate in scientific projects. They work in partnership with scientists to answer interesting and relevant questions. When involved in environmental ...

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Ahi Pepe MothNet – an introduction

Moths are members of the order Lepidoptera, but these mostly nocturnal creatures are often in the shadow of the brighter, day-flying butterflies. New Zealand has fewer than 20 butterfly species ...

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Making and using a quadrat

Quadrats are used for sampling purposes. They are squares of a set size placed in a particular habitat such as a rocky shore or forest floor. Plant and/or animal species within the quadrat are ...

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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 ...

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Ahi Pepe and tikanga

Ahi Pepe MothNet is a citizen science project that explores New Zealand’s native moths, their distributions and whether vegetation restoration impacts moth diversity. One aspect of the project is ...

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Distilling oils and hydrosols

Where can a question take you? For Sue Fergus and her students at Taranaki’s Toko School, questions about candle scents and what to do with lavender plants led to a Curious Minds Participatory ...

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Making moth identification guides

Names are important. They identify who we are and where we come from. But sometimes, names don’t tell the whole story. For example, the Oxford Dictionary defines ‘moth’ as an insect with two ...

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Heath moth traps for monitoring moths

The MothNet Shedding Light on the Night and Ahi Pepe Mothnet projects involve the collection and identification of moth species. The project is a partnership between schools and Manaaki Whenua – ...

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Pest detectives

In this recorded professional learning session, Greta Dromgool from the Science Learning Hub and Adrienne De Melo and Ben Moorhouse from the Department of Conservation share the many learning ...

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Eco-explorers

In this recorded professional learning session, Greta Dromgool and Ben Moorhouse from the Department of Conservation unpack conservation education and: introduce some exciting DOC resources aimed ...

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Citizen science – online animal identification

Help your students become citizen scientists and learn about New Zealand urban ecology while contributing to scientific research. The project Identify New Zealand Animals is an online citizen ...

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A butterfly story in a primary classroom

The New Zealand Curriculum has a strong focus on ensuring that all students have the skills and knowledge to participate in public debates and decision-making processes as critical, active ...

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Healthy homes, healthy futures

Citizen science and the local community Rongomai Primary School is leading a Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures project. The project is part of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) programme ...

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Scientists and tamariki working together

The New Zealand Government’s Participatory Science Platform (PSP) is a world-first initiative that aims to engage communities in research projects that are locally relevant and have quality ...

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Using moths to make science cool

Adventure is engaging in an unusual or daring experience. Discovery is the act of finding or learning something for the first time. Adventure and discovery are both pretty exciting prospects – so ...

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Stream works for fish

Riffles, pools, reaches, rapids, waterfalls, glides, eddies, meanders, overhangs and undercuts – there’s more to a stream than just water. Streams are smaller water bodies, characterised by ...

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Project Hotspot: Using citizen science to better protect ...

Project Hotspot is a Taranaki-based citizen science project and one of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) projects supported by the New Zealand Government. The Ngā Motu Marine Reserve ...

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Native fish in the city

Our cities have a maze of often forgotten waterways tucked away beneath weedy banks or buried in concrete pipes under busy streets. Native freshwater fish, our hidden treasures, may still be ...

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Students help restore mauri to the Oruarangi Stream

An industrial purple dye spill devastated the Oruarangi Stream ecosystem in 2013. It’s hard to believe such an event could have a positive outcome, but it was the inspiration behind a ...

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