Welcome to Room 13's Learning Journey blog. We are a class of Year 7-9 year olds in Auckland, New Zealand.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

R13's Trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island

In week 2 of the term our class went to the amazing Tiritiri Matangi Island to see how the native bush on the island has been replanted after decades of farming, and how the island has become a a sanctuary for some remarkable NZ endangered birds. Many birds have been translocated there and we were amazed to see many birds up close. The following pictures show some of these birds and the fabulous bush on the island:

Two tui...look closely!
Windswept harakeke (NZ flax) that tui love to sip nectar from
when they flower

Some of the R13 students in front of the lighthouse that was transported
in sections from England

The NZ Cabbage Tree (Cordyline Australis) in flower

Walking down the road on the island
Quietly lifting the lid on the baby blue penguin nests....amazing

They are so cute....

Meeting Tiritiri Matangi's famous takahe, Greg

Greg can be a wee bit naughty... he thinks he is ready for an extra lunch
-we didn't feed him because it is not healthy for him

Brown sugar and water make a real treat for tui and bellbirds
and other birds
What an amazing island. We learned that planting native trees certainly helps create a great habitat for native birds. We can't wait to finish our plan for the back field at our school!

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