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Wetland Biodiversity – Journey to a Rare Inland High Country Ecosystem

Projects and programmes New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 02 February 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9hKq

In autumn go with DoC experts as we travel by helicopter, 4-wheel-drive, mountain bike and on foot into the wetlands and braided rivers of Ō Tū Wharekai. Get up close to its fauna and flora to discover how its birds, insects, reptiles and plants are uniquely-adapted to surviving in such a tough place. With local iwi, find out about interventions for native and endemic species to enable their populations to be sustainable. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during this field trip.

Wetlands play a vital role on planet earth so this trip will fit perfectly with big ideas like sustainability, indigenous people, landscapes, water, plants and animals, migration, threatened species and conservation. On this 3-day journey be prepared for the unexpected! Enrol.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • the special place Ō Tū Wharekai, high up in the South Island's Rangitata River valley
  • the special nature and importance of wetlands
  • the significance of water and wetlands to Māori, particularly Ngāi Tahu
  • use by iwi of traditional resources like raupō (bulrush) and harakeke (flax)
  • threatened native fish, birds, lizards and plants
  • life cycles of selected species like native fish
  • adaptations of living things
  • ecosystems and the interconnectedness of wetland life

During the field trip you will (TBC):

  • see Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • see how rivers connect places and people: how the surrounding land affects the river and how the river affects fish, birds and people
  • investigate wetland recreation
  • discover the plants and animals that threaten our wetlands
  • see how special plants and animals within this ecosystem are interconnected and how they have adapted to survive in this harsh alpine environment
  • gain an appreciation of the special value of Ō Tū Wharekai to Māori
  • and much more

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

03 April 2018 – 05 April 2018

Further information

Contact: Barrie Matthews

 (027) 223 0342