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Student Activity - Bird hotel

Activity idea

In this activity, students take on the role of migrating birds. By participating in a physically active simulation, they experience the journey from summer breeding grounds to winter feeding grounds. As the activity progresses different scenarios affect these areas and the ability to successfully migrate.

By the end of this activity, students should:

  • understand the importance of estuaries for bird migration
  • understand wider food web links, for example, the potential impact on migrating birds of estuary pollution or a reduction in the numbers of cockles
  • be able to discuss some of the impacts that humans have on estuaries and some ways that these impacts can be reduced.

Download the Word file (see link above) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • activity area set-up
  • scenarios.

Useful links

Visit the Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand for more information about estuaries.
www.teara.govt.nz/en/estuaries external link

Visit the Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand for more information about bird migration.
www.teara.govt.nz/en/bird-migration/4 external link

Visit the Alaska Science Centre website to view maps showing the flight path of a number of godwits fitted with satellite tags.
http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/shorebirds/barg_photos.php external link

The National Wetland Trust is a non-profit organisation established in 1999 to increase the appreciation of wetlands and their values by all New Zealanders.
www.wetlandtrust.org.nz external link