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We experience plenty of warm fuzzy feelings while doing our jobs as environmental educators but yesterday began with a lovely and remarkable happening. We were welcoming year 8 students from Broken Hill and Willyama High Schools to our field site at White Leeds Wetlands with an acknowledgement of country (This is a way to give our respect to the traditional Aboriginal people of this land). Sue Saxby from Wambangalang EEC near Dubbo… Read More

It is National Science Week and the noisy channel-billed cuckoos are about to return to NSW and the Sydney region during their yearly migration. They return to disturb our serenity and lay their eggs in the nests of other unsuspecting birds like the Currawong.  Scientists are predicting that our warming earth and changing climate will alter the migration patterns of these birds and we need help in tracking their movements. We need… Read More

In this new video you can see all of our favourite wildlife captured on our various different cameras including Go Pros, remote wildlife cameras and a digitial SLR. Our resident male satin bowerbird is looking happy these days as he seems to have attracted a girlfriend to his bower…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k8lKgrkKQM&feature=youtu.be

The year 9 students of Tyndale Christian School in Blacktown were treated to a plethora of arboreal delights this week. Using our nest box cameras they explored various habitat boxes around Brewongle for signs of life. During their testing they discovered four possums, some feathers, nests, goanna scratchings, animal scats, clean water and a healthy forest  The students were enjoying our Lace Monitor science program for stage 5. This program encourages students to gather data… Read More

1. 2. 3. These are three common species to be found around Sydney and they are part of a long list of indicator species used by the citizen science project Climatewatch. I have blogged previously about Climatewatch and citizen science projects as I think they are a fantastic educational tool. Climatewatch uses common species to monitor adaptations to climate change. Specifically we are looking for phenological (life cycle and breeding) changes to… Read More

Geology has never held that much interest for me in the past, but my nerdy brain fires up with interest when geology can be related to the living things on our planet. The year 12 students of Stella Maris College Manly who visited us for a two day camp program discovered some interesting relationships between our local soils, geology, vegetation and wildlife. Being boffin earth and environmental scientists we conducted a soil profile… Read More

Not to be deterred by the weather, Castlereagh PS smiled all the way through our modified program. The rain came down all day, but students still discovered the many waterbugs, friendly lizards, worms and bush bugs around Brewongle. The ‘Story of a River’ was a hit as students discovered how a river can become a mess due to human interference. Thanks to Mrs McFadden and Mrs Lennon for bringing such a lovely bunch of k-2 students… Read More

What were the circumstances that led to the death of a local Tawny Frogmouth? Thankfully two camps of Crawford PS CSI team had some answers! Here are some photo’s from the wet wet wet camp 1! We must begin by praising the students and staff from Crawford Public School Doonside during camp 1 for their enthusiasm and suffering of two days of very wet weather. Not to be deterred, the students enjoyed all… Read More

I recently blogged about another citizen science project for schools that was only available to limited regions in Sydney called Birds in Schools. Read the blog here. The good news is that this program is expanding to all schools in the Sydney region – so jump in to get your students involved in some more great citizen science. See the attached flyers. Birds in Schools A4 flyer – orange with link (S)… Read More

After our run of hot bushfire conditions, it was a gorgeous spring day that greeted Years 1-2 from Hobartville as they descended on Brewongle for two days of bugs and birds. The students tried to be quiet as we searched for the ever elusive birds (they usually appear as soon as the schools leave!). Once they mastered the use of binoculars, we spotted a kookaburra, king parrot, rainbow lorikeets and plenty of small birds. Teachers, you… Read More