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    Join the students of the Kids Restore the Kepler project as they work together to complete their mission: to bring birdsong back to the Kepler Track. 

    This article describes how young people are working with the Department of Conservation and Fiordland Conservation Trust to increase the population of native birds in Fiordland. It investigates the negative impact of introduced pests and describes how students have been involved in the tracking, trapping and decisions involved with returning birds to the Kepler region.

    Check your school library for the article from the 2017 level 2 Connected journal ‘Taking action’, download it as a google slide presentation or order it from the Ministry of Education.

    The teacher support material (TSM) can be downloaded from (TKI) (Word and PDF files are available, click on ‘Look inside this issue’). These materials focus on the science capability ‘Engage with science’. Activity suggestions support students to unpack the Predator Free 2050 vision and develop their understanding of ecosystems. Literacy strategies are also suggested, and many additional resource links are provided.

    Related content

    The activity ideas are based on the Science Learning Hub’s Predator Free 2050 resources and include content from the ecosystems concept and the conservation, ecology and birds topics.

    The Science Learning Hub has worked with the Department of Conservation to produce a series of webinars focused on getting students involved in environmental action, including the PLD session Pest detectives.

    Useful link

    The 2011 Connected article ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time’ describes the decision to release ferrets, stoats and weasels into New Zealand.

    Acknowledgement

    The Connected series is published annually by the Ministry of Education, New Zealand.  

     

      Published 20 December 2018 Referencing Hub articles