Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our Virtual Trip with Learnz: The Routeburn Track

Questions for Audio-conference #6
Day/Date: Wednesday 25 February
Time: 2.15pm
Location: Queenstown
Topic: The Ecology of the Routeburn Track
Expert: Sarah Thompson
Speaking School: Elm Park School
Questions from R25 Elm Park School

  1. What kinds of plants can walkers see mostly when they are walking the Routeburn? (Jusleen)
  2. Why are beech forests common in New Zealand and found mostly in the mountains? (Aliah)
  3. We know beech trees produced a great deal of seeds during the “beech mast” last year. Can you tell us the consequences for predators and the native bird life in the areas on the Routeburn track in particular?  (Richelle)
  4. Why are there so few land mammals in New Zealand? (Chloe)
  5. Which are the most endangered birds in the Routeburn area and why is this? (Kaden)
  6. How do you get rid of all the pests on the track such as stoats, rats and possums? (Tarquin)
  7. Why were brown and rainbow trout introduced into the Routeburn Track area? (Cameron)
  8. How did the Rifleman bird get its name?  (Oliver )
  9. Why were white tailed deer introduced to the Routeburn Track (Hannan)
  10. What does the mōhua bird eat? (Myra)

We are looking forward to having our questions answered by Sarah Thompson.

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