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Year 11 Biology students from Liverpool Girls High made the long trek to us this week. Many of them had not spent much time in the bush and enjoyed their time as ‘Ecologists’ studying the habitat of the elusive Spotted-Tailed Quoll. Quoll quiz Q1.  What do quolls eat? Q2. What is their preferred habitat? Q3. What are threats to the quoll? Q4. Where do they like to go to the toilet? Answers… Read More

We have some unique cameras on long poles that allow us to view the contents of nest boxes high in trees. Today we woke up a couple of possums! Cute aren’t they?

Following on from a previous post that provided resources to help us understand the links between climate change and bushfires – the Climate Council has now released the main report that I mentioned. You can read the salient facts and download the full report here. I also took a spin on the weekend up to Bilpin and Mountain Lagoon to have a little squiz at regrowth happening now about 5-6 weeks post fire…. 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

If I were to ask you for the plant that sums up Australia, would you say…… gum trees? Is there another genus of plant that has so dominated our landscape other than the ‘Ubiquitous Eucalyptus’? How has this one group that has over 900 species (and still counting) become so adept at surviving the harsh droughts, floods, fires and poor soils of the Australian continent? After our recent spate of bushfires in… 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

Listen to Professor David Tissue as he explains his research at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at UWS Richmond campus. A facinating experiment that is looking at plant responses to future rainfall changes as a result of climate change. These shelters allow reserachers to monitor and control the amount of moisture reaching the studied trees. This is the second video in a series that we have produced. You can view the… Read More

We are currently collaborating with UWS Hawkesbury campus to involve high school students in some of the amazing climate change research that is being undertaken at Richmond. I will feature three of the main experiments over the next few posts. Brewongle tested our documentary making skills by interviewing the researchers and filming on site at the University. Each of the videos showcases one research area and will be used as a pre-visit task by schools to familiarise themselves with… 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

I am planning a few posts on how to become involved in some excellent citizen science projects. The first on our radar is a new initiative by the NSW National Parks Association called the Great Koala Count. Regsiter on their website to become involved in this project that will run from the 7th-17th of November 2013. Here is a blurb from their newsletter: “The Hon. Robyn Parker MP, NSW Minister for Environment & Heritage, officially launched… Read More