|Group||MAIN Trust NZ|
|Topic||Threats to biodiversity, Natural history|
|Phil Bendle pages||Cats (Feral) Felis catus|
|Location||New Plymouth, Taranaki|
Project Overview[edit | edit source]
CatMap' is a Participatory Science Project with Curious Minds, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This project built upon the work done by the Taranaki Furbabies cat-tracking project, and the Victoria University project 'Cat Tracker'. School children tracked their cats with GPS units, , and analysed where the cats went. CatMap focused on the areas adjacent to native bush to determine cats' preferred habitat
Visit the Taranaki Furbabies cat-tracking project.
Partners in 'CatMap'[edit | edit source]
Welbourn School, New Plymouth
Inglewood Primary School
MAIN Trust NZ, Dr Dawn Mills (NP Vet Group), Dr Heidy Kikillus (VUW Cat Tracker NZ)
Information technology:[edit | edit source]
- i-Naturalist project "What the cat brought in" to record what species the cats caught.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS): QGIS was used to visualise the GPS tracking data:
- 'Time Manager' was used to show the day/night movements of cats
- Sentinel-2 satellite imagery was used to define preferred habitats
- Camtesia Studio recorded the QGIS screen and produced the mp4 videos
Resources:[edit | edit source]
- Activities for students
- Videos of the cat travels
- Resources for teachers - handouts, animal welfare, lesson plans
- Results of the research report, workshop presentation, cat-ranges, conference presentation
- The Blog 'MAIN Trust maps nature' has a diary of the work done by Welbourn School.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Project Report[edit | edit source]
Resources[edit | edit source]
Radio New Zealand - interview about the CatMap project January 2020 with slide-show and transcript.
References[edit | edit source]
- ↑ sciBRIGHT "How does GPS work?"
- ↑ High School Earth Science
- ↑ Unfa - how a GPS works