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Antarctica: changes in seasons

Watch historic footage of winter in the coldest continent on Earth as Dr Phillip Law describes how Antarctica changes with the seasons. See the force and effects of Antarctic blizzards. Watch the return of spring. The Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) was established to set up scientific research ...

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Puzzling migration of eels and monarch butterflies

Scientists have many questions about the migratory habits of eels and monarch butterflies, and new research uncovers some of the secrets. Watch this clip to discover how satellite technology is helping to track eels. You'll also find out what organs are involved in helping monarch butterflies find their way. You will be ...

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Swallows head south for winter

Migrating swallows leave their homes in Europe before the onset of winter and fly south to Africa in search of food and warmth. There are many perils along the way and then a return journey to make. Watch this clip to discover more about the swallows' incredible migration.

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Monarch marathon: winging it to warmer weather

When Monarch Butterfly caterpillars hatch from their tiny eggs, they must get ready to travel thousands of kilometres to escape the cold winter weather. See how these caterpillars change and grow to make this long journey possible.

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An epic butterfly marathon

Monarch butterflies migrate thousands of kilometres between their winter home in Mexico and their summer range in North America, travelling as far north as Canada. Join the monarch butterflies on their epic migration in search of milkweed. Explore their life cycle and discover why it takes several generations to complete ...

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The great migration of Caribou

Caribou are reindeer, however unlike their domesticated cousins, roam free and annually embark on an epic journey of migration. Discover why they migrate from their winter grounds in the forests of Alaska and back again every year. See the adaptations that help them to find food and cross the snowy terrain. Find out what ...

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Life science: food chain

Examine an ecosystem consisting of hawks, snakes, rabbits and grass by exploring the changing population of each species as part of a food chain. Observe the effects of introducing disease and altering the number of individuals in each population. Analyse tables and graphs to monitor the change in the different species ...

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Dugong and whale distributions off Australia's coast: dataset

This is a map that provides a visual representation of the distribution of dugongs and several species of whales in the waters off the coast of Australia. The map shows the migration paths, breeding and resting areas of whales, as well as the density of dugong populations. A blue scale indicates the bathymetry (depth) of ...

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The life cycle of monarch butterflies

This is a colour clip showing the different stages in the life cycle of monarch butterflies ('Danaus plexippus'). In the clip there is close-up footage of butterfly eggs and the caterpillars that hatch from them. It also shows caterpillars feeding on milkweed and progressing through the pupal stages before emerging as adult ...

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Animal Olympians: butterfly

This is a clip showing the migratory behaviour of the marathon-flying monarch butterflies ('Danaus plexippus'). The clip includes close-up footage of eggs and caterpillars and their transformation into an adult butterfly. The adults are then shown congregating and flying in large numbers, while the narrator explains the ...

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Animal Olympians: pronghorn

This is a clip of a herd of pronghorns ('Antilocapra americana') running across the plains of North America. The narrator describes the pronghorn as the middle distance champion of the animal world. It includes footage taken from above of several individuals. There are also images of other animals - hyenas, wolves, bears ...

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Animal Olympians: turtle

This is a colour clip showing the migratory behaviour and path of green turtles ('Chelonia midas') from Heron Island, Queensland. The clip includes footage of olive ridley ('Lepidochelys olivacea') and green turtle hatchlings making their way across the sand to the ocean, as well as floating in the open ocean. There is ...

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Animal Olympians: wildebeest

This is a colour clip showing large herds of wildebeest ('Connochaetes taurinus') travelling across African plains and rivers on their annual migration. There are images of the wildebeest walking, swimming and running through grassland while the narrator describes the journey as a gruelling triathlon. The clip also shows ...

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Massed bogong moths

This is a colour photograph of a congregation of adult bogong moths ('Agrotis infusa'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Noctuidae.)

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Massed monarch butterflies

This is a colour photograph of massed adult monarch or wanderer butterflies ('Danaus plexippus') resting on a shrub. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Nymphalidae.)

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Birds and coffee

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and student activities that support an investigation into the impact of different coffee production methods on biodiversity and, in particular, on migratory birds. The resource has seven tabs, six of which are relevant. The first four tabs set out the suggested ...