Citizen Scientist Blog
In term 2 a group of us students from Puketapu School worked in a little blue group with Elvisa. During that term we learnt a whole bunch of new facts about Little Blue Penguins that we had never heard before, for example, did you know that the Little Blue Penguin is the smallest Penguin in the World that only grow up to 30 cm at the most and that they are only native to Australia and New Zealand? We were so interested we made slideshows and presentations just about the Little Blue Penguins. At the end of the term our little blue penguin group went on a field trip to Ngamotu beach marine, Bell Block beach and on the chaddy’s charters boat trip around the Sugar Loaf Islands. On our trip to bell block beach we were looking at the sea life and the natural potential burrows around the beach and looked for penguin tracks and footprints and we also learnt that if we ever see a Little Blue Penguin struggling or injured to call DOC the Department Of Conservation.
We learnt about how if we had ever seen a little blue penguin or endangered species we would need leave it, but if it was hurt we would need to call DOC because that is best thing to do, in the meantime we would leave it and wait to hear what DOC has to say. If you ever find a little blue penguin dead call DOC and tell them where you found the penguin. We had also learnt how to see if a little blue penguin is in a burrow by using a raspberry pi and a data catchers so we can tell if they are in there by temperature of the borrow, if the temperature is stable then there is no penguin but if the temperature rises then a penguin is in the burrow.
By Serennah Hobin, Kayshan King, Millah West and Sifia Fonoti
And we’re off! Puketapu School have been building the technology that will monitor one of the penguin burrows at Urenui Beach campsite!