These Seabird Solutions Trust factsheets offer students an opportunity to explore the lives of seabirds. There are also lesson plans for teachers.
Students will investigate the impact humans have on the ecology of seabirds, and the role seabirds play in their environment.
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Seabirds - lesson plans (PDF, 137K)
Lesson plan ideas for the factsheet series.
Factsheets (PDF, 1,398K)
Or view individual factsheets:
- Seabirds - introduction and learning outcomes (PDF, 149K)
- Factsheet 1: Seabird ecology: where and how do seabirds nest? (PDF, 370K)
- Factsheet 2: Seabird ecology: We’re all in this together - seabird colonies (PDF, 270K)
- Factsheet 3: Seabird ecology: what makes a seabird a seabird? (PDF, 160K)
- Factsheet 4: Seabird ecology: fishing for food (PDF, 400K)
- Factsheet 5: Seabirds and people: seabirds count - seabird populations in New Zealand (PDF, 570K)
- Factsheet 6: Seabird ecology: the big OE - New Zealand seabird migrations (PDF, 150K)
- Factsheet 7: Seabird ecology: raising their young (PDF, 236K)
- Factsheet 8: Seabird ecology: seabirds and their environment (PDF, 135K)
- Factheet 9: Seabirds and people: the impacts of fishing on seabirds (PDF, 210K)
- Fact sheet 10: Seabirds and people: the cultural importance of seabirds (PDF, 310K)
Summary of factsheets and lesson plans
The Southern Seabird Solutions Trust factsheets offer students an opportunity to explore the lives of seabirds.
The lesson plans were created to assist teachers in helping students investigate and learn about seabirds, the important role seabirds play in their environment, and what impacts humans have on their ecology.
- Students will investigate the impact humans have on the ecology of seabirds.
- Students will investigate the role seabirds play in their environment.
- Students will understand how people view and use places differently
- Students will investigate sea bird adaptations
- Students will research sea bird life processes and ecology
Links to curriculum
- Science: Planet earth and beyond
- Living world
- Nature of science: Understanding about science, Participating and contributing
- Social sciences: Place and environment, The economic world
- Science: Living world: Ecology, Life processes
- Social sciences: Place and environment (Māori)
- Native animals
- Marine and coastal
Curriculum learning areas
This series of factsheets and lesson plans were created for Southern Seabird Solutions Trust. The Department of Conservation’s Marine Conservation Unit funded this environmental education project.
Factsheets by Shelly Farr Biswell
Lesson plans by Ken Hodson
Design by Lisa Paton of Morphological Design
Masthead photo courtesy of Southern Seabird Solutions Fishers Photograph Competition
Southern Seabird Solutions project steering committee: Alan Riwaka, Sarah Crysell, Jo Garty, Wendy Barry, Stephanie Rowe and Danica Devery-Smith.
Various people have reviewed sections or complete drafts of these factsheets and have provided helpful comments. These people include Stephen Bragg (DOC), Peter de Lange (DOC), Dave Kellian (Southern Seabird Solutions), Anuru Luke (DOC), Colin Miskelly (DOC), Janice Molloy (Southern Seabird Solutions), Lyndon Perriman (DOC), Paul Sagar (NIWA), Graeme Taylor (DOC) and Richard Wells (Clement and Associates Limited).
Others, including Peter McClelland (DOC) and Steve Cranwell (DOC), have shared useful information about specific species for these fact sheets.
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