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Project Ultra Pekapeka in Purangi

Local rural schoolchildren explore the Long Tailed Bat population in Eastern Taranaki hill country to try and what is affecting the bats' preferred habitats and what impact human activity has on on these habitats.

 

Project details

Project duration

November 2015 - April 2016

Organised by

East Taranaki Environment Trust

Funding awarded

$17,733.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

The students are getting to grips with background research, study design, site analysis, analysing collected data, finding data correlations, understanding variables, and drawing conclusions against an initial hypothesis. 

Students are also being encouraged to intimately engage with their environment by attending a site visit and camp. They are also creating sticky traps for analyzing invertebrate activity as well as building, designing and monitoring artificial bat roost boxes.

The initial group of students involved in this study are from rural areas and it is anticipated that this study will increase both their, and the wider community's, appreciation and awareness of bat habitat and threats.

Partners

Kaimata School, Natural Capital: Sian Potier, Marshall Day Acoustics NP Branch, DOC: New Plymouth, Scrimgeour, Taranaki Regional Council – Biodiversity.

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Project details

Project duration

November 2015 - April 2016

Organised by

East Taranaki Environment Trust

Funding awarded

$17,733.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform