Kids Restore: Targeting Norway rats
The main focus of our Kids Restore NZ education programme happens in Term 2, when Bay of Islands’ school children participate in our Floating Classroom programme.
But the kids continue their contribution to conservation by helping us with our Norway rat problem. The trap boxes they constructed as part of the Kids Restore programme are now being used as we pin down pockets of Norway rat habitat on the mainland. Through a highly scientific experiment (and a bit of fun) were testing which bait the rats prefer – crunchy or smooth peanut butter. Norway rats are notoriously hard to catch, as we found out on the islands this autumn, so they’re not revealing their preference yet. But once they get a taste for peanut butter we will let the kids from Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri primaries know which came up tops – smooth or crunchy.
Why not get your family and friends involved ion in this critical frontline defence programme too? You can sponsor a trap for a year for just $25 - receive a certificate and GPS coordinates so you know exactly where your money is invested.