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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 below) for:

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

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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.

    Published 13 September 2011, Updated 20 November 2014 Referencing Hub articles