Jack Kinghan of the Bay of Islands International Academy won the Far North Birds New Zealand prize for 2016. His study, Comparison of Backyard and Forest Birds compared the bird species found in his back yard with those found in Puketi Forest.
Jack (supported by his mother) made 6 trips to the Puketi Forest and six observations of birds in his back yard and compared the results. Jack won a fine pair of binoculars donated by Hunting and Fishing Kerikeri for his efforts.
This is the third year Hunting and Fishing and Birds New Zealand have donated a prize for the best Science Fair bird study. Previous winners were Tim Baigent of Kaitaia, (2014) and Max Hart of Kerikeri(2015).
Bay of Islands International Academy is a small culturally diverse publicly funded school with a passion for educational excellence. It is located in Te Tii in the Kerikeri area.