Secondary Education

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The Education Programmes at the Royal Albatross Centre are designed for a range of ages covering both science and social science topics.

Royal Albatross are only one of the attractions of Taiaroa Head. Breeding colonies of Shags, Royal Spoonbills, Blue Penguins and NZ Fur Seals are just some of the wildlife who call the place home. Pukekura (Taiaroa Head) is an important site to Kai Tahu whanui. And Fort Taiaroa, the European Fortification, has a disappearing gun that is world renowned.

Students have the opportunity to engage with experts, interact with the local history, view unique wildlife, and understand the cultural importance of the area. Opportunities to plant for penguins and contribute to other environmental actions are available throughout the year.

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Conservation Management of Seabirds

secondary-seabirds Take part in activities which illustrate the monitoring and protection methods that the rangers use to increase the fledging rate of the Royal Albatross. Weighing birds, trapping predators and assessing hazards are just a few examples.Conservation Management of Seabirds
Time: 2.5 hours
Age Focus: Years 9-12
Curriculum Area: Science – Living World
Cost: $4/person

 

Seabird Behaviour

secondary-behaviour Investigate behaviour of shags and albatross in response to abiotic and biotic factors. Courtship and parental care are some of the behaviours which the programme focuses on. Discussion follows on the use of behavioural studies in management. Seabird Behaviour
Time: 2.25 hours
Age Focus: Year 13
Curriculum Area: Biology – Achievement Objective 3.4
Cost: $4/person

 

Human Impact on Taiaroa Head Ecosystem

secondary-human Royal Albatross are only one of the attractions of Taiaroa Head. Breeding colonies of Fur Seals, Spotted and Stewart Island Shags, Royal Spoonbills and Little Blue Penguins are just a few of the highlights.The impacts of human activity on the local ecosystem are both positive and negative. Students have the opportunity to view unique wildlife and investigate the impact of introduced species, changed vegetation, tourism, site development, pollution etc. Human Impact on Taiaroa Head Ecosystem
Time: 2.5 hours
Age Focus: Year 12
Curriculum Area: Biology – AO 2.2, AS 90769
Cost: $4/person