We passed the Kiwi around and shared how we felt … mad angry sad cross
I feel angry when possum traps are on the forest floor I feel sad because the kiwi is getting killed I feel angry when people take their dogs into the forest I feel angry because the kiwi will be gone for good
We looked at an Interactive book on the Kiwi Recovery website about 006 the kiwi chick…… …… and found out that people are helping the kiwi.
To show how ‘006’ was helped by people who care about kiwis we organised all the photos we had of ‘006 ’
We put them in order from when the egg was taken from the bush to the Bird Recovery Centre…… where it hatched and ‘006’ the chick was looked after to……. when ‘006’ was released on Limestone Island a kiwi reserve
We looked at some other photos of people helping the Kiwi.
We wrote about what we saw in the photos To help the kiwi a transmitter is put on the leg to track the kiwi in the forest. They look at the egg with a torch to see if it is growing They take the egg . To fix the egg they put nail polish on it. This keeps the germs out of the egg.
When we ran the school assembly we shared some of the things we had learnt about the kiwi and the ways people are helping to save them.
We sent Perky the pukeko our Northcote Primary ambassador on a virtual field trip with Audrie the learnz teacher. Perky Audrie
We all got to cuddle him before he went on his trip.
Every day for a week we met with rooms 1 and 2 to look at the pictures and videos of Perky’s trip with Audrie
We saw how they marked a trail to it so they could find it when it was dark We watched them find Jack a male kiwi and his burrow
We watched them go back at night time and lift Jacks eggs from his burrow They wrapped the egg very carefully and put it in a box with a hot water bottle
We also got to see inside Jack’s burrow it was full of dry leaves and feathers.
The next day we saw a video of Audrie taking Jacks eggs to the Rainbow Springs hatchery in Rotorua where they candled each egg and found only one of the eggs was viable.
They took the photo of this kiwi that had hatched in the morning.
The next day they went to Warrenheip reserve, which is surrounded by a pest proof fence. The rangers caught a young kiwi called Cassidy for a health check.
They showed us where Cassidy’s ear opening is just behind her eye They measured her bill and weighed her.
Then they changed Cassidy’s transmitter to her other leg.
We really enjoyed watching the videos so we watched them again in our classroom.
Throughout the week we received emails and photos of Perky and we……..
sent him emails to tell him how much we enjoyed getting the daily photos and videos.
We decided that one way we could help the Kiwi was by raising some money for the Bank of New Zealand operation Nest Egg programme so… we drew beautiful pictures to sell
Every class in the Kowhai team put their art work in the hall to sell