What? We have been learning about habitats and species as part of our science - living world learning.
Our big question is: What changes do I need to make to protect habitats & species?
So What? Some of the things I have learned during our interchange are:
* Native and introduced species
* Human Impact* Animal Classification
I enjoyed learning about the animals that live there and what the Travis Wetlands provides and what it acts like.
Earlier this term we went to the Travis Wetlands. Here is a photo of my writing showing some of the things we learned.
What I enjoyed most about the trip was seeing the birds on the water through the binoculars.
History of Christchurch.
Before the European settlers, Christchurch was a wetland habitat. In the 1800’s the percentage of wetlands was 95%. When the European settlers came they drained most of it out and by the year 2000 the percentage had dropped to 3%. By then there were only a few wetland areas left including, Travis and Wigram wetlands.
What the Travis Wetlands Provides.
The Travis Wetlands acts as five things. They are a sponge, because it soaks up some of the water in winter and releases it in summer. An airport, because they come to rest and refuel. A sieve, because it cleans the water by ‘sieving’ the sand and liquefaction out. A nest, because they can breed and care for their young. Last of all, a bed and breakfast, because the animals can come and use Travis Wetlands as a hotel.