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This is an information sheet describing the Australian Owl Genetics Project's efforts to ensure the continuing survival of Australia's owls and the preservation of their habitats.
In this unit of work, students explore the characteristics of farm animals so they can begin to write descriptive text. This unit is particularly aimed at ESL (NESB) students and those who have limited experience of the world beyond their immediate lives. Students have regular opportunities to listen to and use correct ...
This is a käkäpö ('Strigops habroptilus'), the giant nocturnal parrot native to New Zealand, that has been preserved by taxidermy and attached to a log to appear as it would in its natural habitat. The käkäpö has soft, light-green feathers flecked with black, with pale yellow-green feathers on its underside. This is a female ...
This stole was made from an emperor penguin pelt brought back from the Antarctic by Stanley Taylor, the leading fireman on the Steam Yacht Aurora during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. There is also a matching muff (not shown). The stole measures 38 cm x 53 cm.
This is a video in which Museum Victoria's Priscilla Gaff talks about the link between dinosaurs and birds. The video was made as part of Museum Victoria's 'Dinosaur Walk' exhibition in 2009.
This is a model skeleton of 'Genyornis newtoni', a 2-m high, omnivorous, flightless bird. It belonged to the megafauna group, large land animals that evolved millions of years after the dinosaurs and included mammals, birds and reptiles.
This video shows curator Rebecca Carland talking about some of the natural and scientific specimens collected between 1850 and 1880 for what was then called the National Museum of Victoria. She begins by discussing the early years of the Museum and its tenacious and argumentative director, Frederick McCoy. Items in the ...
This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined paper with four emblems printed along top edge in red and blue: ACF, RSL, THE SALVATION ARMY and YMCA. The paper is creased, stained and has minor losses. It is somewhat browned. It measures 24.6 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.
This is a colour photograph of a leopard seal ('Hydrurga leptonyx') lying on an ice floe. The seal is long and sinuous, and has a small head and a dark grey dorsal surface with a lighter grey underbelly. The seal has recently eaten, and blood from its kill can be seen on the ice.
Watch a wild kookaburra being fed by hand. Don Spencer handles an injured kookaburra that is being nursed to health. It will be set free once it is well again. See where kookaburras make their homes. Listen to their laughing call.
Meet Charlie, a pet cockatoo. Watch other cockatoos in the wild as they climb, fly and walk around. Discover the reason for the name of the sulphur-crested cockatoo.
Join Don Spencer as he describes the emu, one of the biggest birds in the world. Watch emus searching for food and taking care of their eggs. Discover what makes the emu different from most other birds.
Join Don Spencer as he observes (looks carefully at) a black swan. Discover a surprise under this bird's black outer feathers. Watch how differently the swan moves on land and in water.
Do you know any songs about Australian animals? Listen to this song about sulphur-crested cockatoos performed by Don Spencer. Get a close up look at a sulphur-crested cockatoo and see the antics (funny actions) it gets up to.
Have you heard a Kookaburra's call? Watch this clip and listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that captures in sounds and words the magical call of the kookaburra.
Imagine what it would be like to be a bird that cannot fly? Watch the clip and listen to the song by Don Spencer that captures in words and rhythm how the flightless emu thunders through the Australian bush.
Discover a graceful Australian bird, the black swan. Watch the images (pictures) and listen to the lyrics (words) of the song by Don Spencer as he sings about the black swan.
Imagine a place where it rains most of the time. What sort of creatures might live there? This clip shows a very wet place where the animals need lots of water to survive.
Meet Max and Cocky, his pet sulphur-crested cockatoo. Discover how Max handles his cheeky pet. Find out what body part he uses that has earned him the title 'the destroyer'.
Are those of us living in cities and towns in danger of losing our connection to the natural environment? In suburban Adelaide, some individuals and groups think so. They're taking action to create habitats and attract wildlife back to the city. What effect might this have on the urban environment and the people who live in it?