About Mr RG:

Mr RG is a tomtit that lived in the native forest of the Hunua Ranges south east of Auckland City in New Zealand.  Barbara, along with a number of volunteers, habituated (tamed) tomtits in preparation for translocation to Tiritiri Matangi Island Sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf.  All the birds were given names for ease of identification amongst the volunteers.  Mr RG was one of the first birds to be habituated and became a firm favourite.


About the book:

Mr RG the adventurous tomtit is an entertaining read that appeals to six to eleven year olds.  Adults also enjoy reading about Mr RG.  The book has 41 pages and is a combination of photographs, illustrations, a story line, thought clouds from the bird, and bubbles of scientific facts.  It aligns well with Levels 3 and 4 ecology section (conservation focus) of the New Zealand Science Curriculum and is an ideal addition to the Year 8 or 9 Conservation Unit.  Year 13 senior biology students find the exploits of Mr RG of value in their studies on animal behaviour for Achievement Standard 90716 (Biology 3.4).


About the author:

Barbara is a passionate conservationist and volunteer guide on Tiritiri Matangi Island Sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland in New Zealand.  The research for the book was carried out whilst Barbara was on a Royal Society Teacher Fellowship in 2003-2004 when she was employed as Head of Science at St Dominic’s College in Henderson, Auckland.  She team-lead the translocation of 32 tomtits to Tiritiri Matangi Island on behalf of the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Island and the Department of Conservation.  Barbara is presently employed as the Tiritiri Matangi Educator.  Click here to send her an email.


Book Review:

22 February 2013,  “Mr RG The Adventurous Tomtit” has recently been reviewed by Maria Gill.  Read the review here.  Find out more about Maria here.

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