Bioblitz - what's living in your backyard?
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Take the Bioblitz tour of inland biodiversity
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About this trip
Biodiversity is a measure of different living things in an area, the more the better for its overall health. A bioblitz is meant to try and find as many different living things in area as quickly as possible.
You can do a bioblitz anywhere that has living things; your own backyard is perfect. But for this trip, we are taking you on a bioblitz into Hakatere Conservation Park and Ō Tū Wharekai, a protected wetland area nestled amongst high country tussocklands and surrounded by mountains. Experts will find you some really cool and weird species plus some creepy-crawlies that you won't find at home.
Travel online with LEARNZ to inland Canterbury to:
- discover what's living in this unique high country wetland
- find out about a variety of strategies used to catch, identify and record local animals
- see how you could use similar techniques to find out what lives in your backyard
- work with experts to identify and monitor native and introduced plants and animals
- see how you can take action to preserve and restore biodiversity to any area.
This online field trip supports a STEM-based, cross curricular approach to teaching and learning. Participation encourages curiosity, citizen-science and student inquiry. Access curriculum links and resources plus a glossary.
This trip reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 15: Life on land: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
This trip is kindly supported by: