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.
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.