In this activity, students consider the conservation of native birds from a number of different perspectives.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • examine the conservation of native birds from a range of different value perspectives
  • use their growing science knowledge to make an informed decision on a New Zealand conservation issue
  • give reasons for the decline in the number of native birds
  • describe some of the methods used in species recovery in New Zealand.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • ideas for extending your students
  • PMI worksheets.

Activity idea

The Ethics thinking tool uses common ethical frameworks to help you explore ethical decision-making and judgements with your students. You may want to use a ‘Consequentialism’ or ‘Rights and responsibilities’ approach to explore the issue of saving native birds such as the kākāpō. If you register as a teacher, you can customise the tool to suit your ethical question and chosen approach/es.

Useful links

To find out more about the ethical frameworks and using them in the classroom, visit the Biotechnology Learning Hub.
www.biotechlearn.org.nz/themes/bioethics/frameworks_for_ethical_analysis

Visit the Department of Conservation website for more information on species conservation in New Zealand.
www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/

Find out about the extraordinary efforts made by Department of Conservation to bring the flightless Kākāpō, one of the world’s rarest birds, back from the brink of extinction.
http://channel.tepapa.govt.nz/video/mission-kakapo-copulation

    Published 8 July 2010, Updated 20 November 2014