Emma Williams and I are helping the South Wairarapa Schools - Martinborough, Pirinoa and Kahutara - to achieve some of their environmental studies assignments and general objectives.
Emma has visited Kahutara School once already and her talk was very successful, she had her dog Kimi with her and the children loved that.
Then Emma went up to Hawke’s Bay and further north where she worked with older young people. Emma has developed a package for schools on wetlands and wetland birds with bitterns in particular, and where they are in the habitat.
Emma’s lovely black labrador Kimi, helps with her work and accompanies her on visits to schools.
We will start another series of school visits in the South Wairarapa during August and plan to visit Wairio wetlands at some stage and track bitterns that have radio transmitters attached to them.
The overall plan is to introduce pupils to wetland conservation and so attract some new young members for Ducks Unlimited!