Kea Cavitometer Mark 2

William Wilks

Karamu High School

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The New Zealand Kea is the world’s only alpine parrot and has a 'vulnerable' conservation status, with only a few thousand estimated to remain in the wild. William has been working with Kea nesting sites (called ‘cavities’) and has developed a device for the Department of Conservation that watches known cavities and monitors when they're being used by the birds. His device beams back the information on the DOC radio frequency so they can keep an eye on nesting Kea without having to climb many hours to the sites.

Kea Cavitometer Mark 2 won the Senior Environment Category and was also a finalist in Senior Science and Senior Engineering, brilliant work William!