In this activity, students explore the incredible flight of a special bird known as E7 to learn about the migratory flight of bar-tailed godwits from New Zealand.

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

  • explain the migratory patterns of the New Zealand bar-tailed godwit
  • understand and explain a major threat to the survival of the godwits
  • engage in ethical discussions concerning the use of tracking devices on migratory birds
  • identify with justification some of the characteristics birds need for long-distance flight
  • explain in simple terms the concept of migration timing concerning godwits.

Download the Word file (see link above) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student worksheets.

Useful links

This site is the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Part 6 covers the use of animals in research, testing and teaching relevant to the ethical considerations in this student activity.

Every spring, bar-tailed godwits make the 11 000 kilometre journey from Alaska to New Zealand. Phil Battley talks birds and migration.

    Published 13 September 2011, Updated 20 November 2014