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Future biologists at work

posted Mar 2, 2011, 4:45 PM by Allie BioBlitz

On March 1 at Titahi Bay, Raumati Beach School children went on a hunt, eager to discover new creatures at the BioBlitz.

The children’s knowledge of our native species and their habitats was impressive, especially considering it was their first field trip. They were quick to name their discoveries, which included starfish, kina, paua, sea worms, crabs, sea snails, sand hoppers and even a clown fish.

They found many creatures hiding in all kinds of places - swimming in between the rock pools, swinging from native bush, in the sand dunes and underneath drift wood on the beach.

The children were most excited about the rock pools, where they had the chance to match their finds to the variety of species in the rock pool guide to see if they had discovered any new creatures.

Scientists showed the children different ways to find creatures. They put a sheet under the trees and shook them. The insects that fell out were easy to see on the sheet.  They planted plastic cups filled with insect treats to attract little critters. 

They learnt that different species have different habitats, and the importance of protecting them from pests and pollution.

Luck was on our side with the weather as the rain bucketed down just after the children went back to school, filled with motivation to learn more about our native species.

By Forest & Bird intern Tamara Novak