Here in extension we've been learning about Biodiversity and to keep on that topic we went last Wednesday to Tiritiri Matangi island to see and learn more about caring for our earth and animals. First we took a bus then a 1 hour and ten minutes boat ride to Tiritiri Matangi.
When we got to the island we put our bags in a trailer for it to be taken up somewhere safe then we went with our guides. We got to see some exotic birds and plants and we learnt all about them and how they breed and feed. One of the birds we saw was a little penguin. We saw them in their homes which was a little mountain made of rocks.
Another bird we saw was the Endangered Takahe. The Takahe kind of look like a pukeko except a bigger version and they have a green wing. When we went there they told us that their was only ten on the entire island .They eat grass and they have to eat all most all the time because grass has little nutrition and to get all the nutrition they need they need to eat more of it.
As soon as you knew it it was lunch time already After we had lunch we did some activities like the scavenger hunt we were given a piece of paper with questions that we had to answer I found it really fun and entertaining we also got to go look in the shop and look if we wanted to buy something.
It was 3:00 oclock and time to leave the island we hopped back on the ferry and shuttle at 3:30. We arrived back at school were all of our parents picked us up and went home. I really enjoyed our trip and I definitely want to go again.
Here is 5 facts I have learnt:
- Birds have different songs they sing to scare others off
- If you touch a weta with your bare hand you can poison them
- A takahe is a close family of the Pukeko
- Tiritiri Matangi used to be a farm land
- They keep bracelets on the legs of their birds to tell who belongs to them and who don't.