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.
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
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.
- Marine Scientist: Nicole Sturgess