These resources have been produced as a result of several Curious Minds projects running in Taranaki.


This project provides the resources created from CatMap and Taranaki Furbabies. School children tracked their cats with GPS units, and analysed where the cats went. CatMap focused on the areas adjacent to native bush to determine cats' preferred habitat.

The resources include information about cats as relates to the NZ school curriculum, how a GPS works, maps of cat travels, and information 'How to make a Glow-Collar' for cats.

The Blog 'MAIN Trust maps nature'  has a diary of the work done by  Welbourn School


Finding Little Blue is an exciting penguin monitoring project funded by Curious Minds and lead by citizen scientists from all over Taranaki, New Zealand.

  • Raise awareness of Taranaki little blue penguins and the environmental threats they deal with
  • Encourage people to be more responsible with controlling their dogs on beaches
  • Streamline useful and meaningful data about our local Taranaki little blue penguin populations
  • Provide ongoing and accurate data for important entities such as tertiary institutions and government organizations for coastal planning and development

  • Restoration of ecosystems and pest control is a big focus in Taranaki. Riparian zones are an area with little knowledge of the invertebrates present. These zones adjacent to freshwater are typically monitored in terms of water quality. What we don’t know is how important are they for the terrestrial fauna. Although we know the importance of invertebrates in ecosystems and functioning such as pollination, soil formation, productivity, decomposition and population regulation as well as a vital food source for many native species we still don’t tend to monitor invertebrate biodiversity.

    The 'Fish Food Fringes' project sees the development of a simple monitoring package targeted around invertebrates as a measure of successful restoration and pest control in riparian areas.

    The aim is to do this using a participatory programme that involves local schools. The goal is to develop simple techniques for invertebrate monitoring of areas that are identified as significant / important in the Restore Taranaki initiative, and could be monitored by schools (or community groups) elsewhere. Facilitating the participation of high school students in these monitoring activities will provide students with the opportunity to learn several valuable skills, get a taste of science at a higher level, and see how knowledge of biology can partner with electronics and IT technologies to provide invaluable information about our natural world.


    Seachange Surveys is a Curious Minds project that aims to support local communities in the monitoring of coastal species, primarily kaimoana (seafood), in their rohe moana (coastal area). The project will provide suitable survey methods to monitor changes of interest over time and allow communities to effectively manage their kaimoana species.

    Here are some links to help you add records to iNaturalist NZ, using the mobile app or the computer.