May 2018 - January 2019
$19,997.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform
Little blue penguins can live under baches, houses, and rocks. They are protected under the Wildlife Act. It is vital that we find out more about the little blue penguins and how successful they are at raising chicks so that we can actively protect them. We will be involving and working with the Department of Conservation, Iwi, Port Taranaki, TRC, coastal camp grounds, landowners, local researchers, NatureWatch NZ and MAIN Trust NZ. Two schools, Puketapu and Devon Intermediate, will be involved in identifying the burrow areas and explore potential issues within the penguin habitats. Ideas and information from the students and community will contribute towards the mapping of penguin burrows. The students will brainstorm potential monitoring methods, such as the use of wireless monitoring technology to follow the lives of penguins through the year. They will learn critical thinking skills in "Finding Little Blue" through weekly workshops.
Bright Sparks NZ, Andrew Hornblow Department of Conservation (DOC), Callum Lilley, Wayne Beggs, Elvisa Robb, Nature Watch NZ, Shane Orchard Nathan Hills, MAIN Trust NZ, Elise Smith, Taranaki Regional Council, Thomas McElroy, TRC - Emily Roberts, Professor John Cockrem (Massey University)View all projects