Monday, 10 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey ~ Day 3

Day #3: Wild Eyes
You have now woken up after a long, comfortable sleep at your hotel in Dargaville. You’re ready for another day of adventuring! Today, you will drive around the North island and be introduced to amazing animals that live here in New Zealand. Some are native and some are non-native. Native animals are animals that normally live in New Zealand. Non-native animals are animals that were brought into New Zealand from another country. Examples of native New Zealand animals are the kakapo, the kiwi, the kea parrot, the yellow eyed penguin and the pekapeka bat.
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 Activity 1: Curious Kiwi, a native New Zealand bird, is your tour guide for today. He is going to take you to visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park where many of his aunties and uncles currently live. The bird park is a five hour drive from Dargaville so you hit the road right after breakfast and arrive in Otorohanga at lunch time. As you walk through the birdhouse you learn about the work being done to conserve and protect the native birds of New Zealand. You decide to help out by ‘adopting’ a native animal. Visit the ‘Adopt a Critter page’ on the Otorohanga bird house website to choose one animal to adopt. On your blog, tell us the name of the animal that you chose and a little bit about them. What kind of animal are they? What do they eat? Where do they normally live? You can use Google to help you with your research.
Name : Tuatara
Tuataras are beautiful Reptiles, Lizards that come in different shapes,sizes and colours normally Navyish Green.
Type : Lizard, Reptile
Diet : Insects, Spiders, Earthworms, Beetles, Other small animals. Also can eat Greens, leaves and other
Location : Tuatara is normally found it New Zealand
  • Tuataras have lived for 200 million years
  • They can live up to 100 years
  • Males are larger than females
  • When they are born they have 3 eyes
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Activity 2: After your great visit to the Otorohanga bird house it is time to hop back onto the bus and head towards the Hawke’s Bay – your resting place for the evening. Hawke’s Bay is a beautiful region of New Zealand. It is known for its wineries and gorgeous scenery. When you arrive in Napier, the largest city in the region, you go for a walk through Waitangi Regional Park and notice that many of the leaves on the native trees have been damaged. Curious Kiwi tells you that they were damaged by possums, non-native predators, from Australia. People in New Zealand are working hard to trap and kill these predators. Their goal is to remove all of the possums (and other predators) by 2050. Go to the ‘Predator Free 2050 website’ to read more about their work.
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On your blog, tell us whether you agree that New Zealand should be predator free. In your opinion, is it right to kill all of the predators (eg. possums) or should we just leave them alone? On your blog tell us what you think and give us, at least, three reasons why you think this way.
I think we should leave them alone……..
First reason is because they are just animals theres no reason why we should kill animals, innocent or not, all animals should be treated with kindness and should be treated equally
Second reason is because it's not like they have guidance and leadership, there wild animals that are probably just scared and afraid.
Lastly, because it's just not right, what kind of world would this be if everyone was killing all the predators or in other words to some people, animals they don't like, If this happened it would be 2 words, JUST WRONG.
Once you have finished your blog post, it is time to relax for the evening. You and your friends have a nice dinner and then head to bed. You are just about to fall asleep when you hear something moving around outside your hotel. It sounds like a large bird. Maybe it’s a Moa…
To learn more about the Moa bird go to the bonus activity for today!
Bonus Activity: A really cool new website called Wild Eyes has recently been launched in New Zealand. It is a programme for students who want to complete fun activities (called ‘missions’), take pictures and post them on the Wild Eyes site. For this bonus activity, go to the Wild Eyes site and complete the ‘Giant Moa Discovery’ mission. To earn full points you must post a picture of your Moa on the Wild Eyes website and on your personal blog site. The Wild Eyes team and I can’t wait to see what you create!

Bonus Activity: 20 points
I am so sorry if there is mistakes and edit difficulties.


Luisa said...

Malo lele Cherise:). Your work today is fabulous. I enjoyed reading your argument against killing possums, they're very well thought out. I actually think the opposite about possums. Tuatara's are beautiful animals, you'd be a great owner!. I never knew that Tuataras have lived for 200 million years, Wow!.

Keep up the amazing work!.

Davarni said...

Wassup Cherry,

I like your idea on Possums and how we should leave them alone. Hope to see you on your next blog post tomorrow.

Great Job!!
- DB

daniel said...

Hello Cherise
Good job on finishing day three, I wonder what it's like having three eyes. Where on the Tuatara's face are the eyes? Keep up the excellent job.

Rachel Williams said...

Kia ora Cherise,

It is great to see that have adopted a tuatara. They are very cool looking animals. I have to admit that I would have been a little bit scared if I came across one in real life before reading your post, however, I now know a lot more about them and find them far less frightening. Thanks for sharing this information with us! I really do believe that 'knowledge is power' and that the more you know about something, the better!


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