From a fear of spiders to a career in them. Arachnologist, Fiona Cross talks to us about working with these fascinating little critters. When I grew up, I knew that I wanted to be a Zoologist (a scientist who studies animal biology), but I never thought I’d ever work with spiders! I used to be […]
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Six year old KCC member Finn tells us about life in beautiful Nelson and his passion for one of our cheeky native parrots. Me, mum and dad got to volunteer to look after 4 lovely looking kaka that were to be released into Abel Tasman National Park. They had to stay in an aviary near […]
Rochelle Constantine is a senior lecturer at the School of Biological Science at The University of Auckland. Rochelle has been working on a research programme to find out more about our humpback whales and the mystery surrounding their migration. KCC was keen to find out more so here is what Rochelle had to saywhen we […]
Before humans came to New Zealand, sea lions lived around the whole coast. But Māori and Europeans hunted them – for meat, oil, and skins – until only a few colonies remained in the south. Laws were brought in to protect them, but sea lions are still in terrible trouble. During the past 15 years, sea lion pup survival has […]
When I was 5 our KCC Coordinator Win Parkes took our group to find the source of our drinking water and looked for macro-invertebrates to see how good the water quality was. This year our class at school did Science Fair, and I got through to the regional fair with my project on reintroduction of […]
Why are sea-levels rising? For over 100 years now sea-levels have been slowly rising. Scientists are telling us that this is due to the expansion of the sea as it increases in temperature but it is also due to the melting of land based ice, particularly the polar ice sheets on Greenland (North Pole) and Antarctica […]
Have you noticed that there are less lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) around this spring? Scientists want to find out if this is true and if their populations are declining in New Zealand, but they need your help. Between 10th and 30th of November, everyone has been asked to go out an spend an hour looking for and […]
It’s not just birds that like to go fishing, especially during the summer months. Lots of New Zealanders head out on the water and around our shores to cast a line or net out and reel in some kai moana (seafood) for their dinner. What you might not know is that some seabirds can sniff out […]
The bar-tailed godwit or kuaka has won Bird of the year! Have you ever heard of this special bird? Every year, hundreds of thousands of godwits arrive in New Zealand. They fly here from Alaska, which is 11,5000 kilometres away. That’s the same as flying the length of New Zealand 11 times! It takes the godwits less […]
I was going for a walk with Dad while Mum and Sylvie had gone to see the tulips at the Botanic Gardens. We were in the Wellington Town Belt, it was a steep climb up the hill, I moaned a little but we finally got to a flat bit. When I was catching my breath […]