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Threatened Victorian non-marine invertebrates

This is an information sheet that names the 46 species of invertebrate listed as threatened in Victoria under the 'Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988'. It also provides information about the threats to them, including habitat loss.

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Australian Owl Genetics Project

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.

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'Healthy waterways' postcard, 2003

This is a postcard published by and promoting Melbourne Water, a water management organisation owned by the Victorian Government. One side of the postcard has photographs of a creek and a platypus. At the bottom is the text 'healthy waterways'. The reverse side provides information about the role of Melbourne Water in managing ...

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'Frog atlas' for South Australia - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map showing where frog species are found in South Australia, and is known as the 'Frog atlas'. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area and distance, and ...

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River porpoise rescue

Can you imagine seeing porpoises leaping out of the water in a river near you? Sounds unlikely, doesn't it, but that's what people living along the banks of the Yangtze River in China often used to see. These Yangtze finless porpoises are now rapidly disappearing. Find out why and what Chinese scientist Professor Wang Ding ...

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Persuasive writing: albatrosses under threat

Imagine you are an ecologist who is desperate to save an endangered bird species, the Wandering Albatross. How can you convince people to support your cause? In this audio clip, explore how language choices can have a big impact on your audience.

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Elephant tusks: blessing or curse?

Did you know that an elephant's tusks are its teeth? Tusks are a useful tool. See how elephants use them for foraging and digging or as weapons. Unfortunately, tusks are highly prized by hunters. Find out how the trade in elephant tusks (ivory) impacts the elephant population. What is being done to protect these majestic animals?

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Goodbye, tiger

Do you know the locations of native tiger populations around the world? Surprisingly, Africa is not one of them! See how tiger populations have decreased worldwide over about the last 100 years. Find out why tiger populations are dwindling and that some species of tiger are already extinct.

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Balancing the options: wildlife park

Help a local council to investigate differences of opinion about a proposed wildlife park. Gather facts and opinions from local residents, wildlife supporters and the park developer. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation. ...

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Flow of energy: pond

Use this tool to create a diagram that shows the flow of energy within a pond ecosystem. Select and position appropriate images, symbols, lines and text boxes to build an energy diagram. You can use the images from the tool or import your own images.

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Flow of energy: seagrass

Use this tool to create a diagram that shows the flow of energy within a seagrass ecosystem. Select and position appropriate items of a food chain, symbols, lines and text boxes to build an energy diagram. You can use the images from the tool or import your own images.

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Population modeller: pond

Use this tool to model what happens to the populations of a pond ecosystem over time when one component of the ecosystem is increased or decreased. Record both your ideas and the results you observe.

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Population modeller: seagrass

Use this tool to model what happens to the populations of a seagrass ecosystem over time when one component of the ecosystem is increased or decreased. Record both your ideas and the results you observe.

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Cassowary ecology quiz

Explore facts about the life of cassowaries: physical characteristics; diet; habitat; life cycles; and locations. Interact with graphs to see how much people can help cassowaries. Work through ecology notes and resources. Answer questions as you go; express your answers as fractions. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Kangaroo: communicating a message

Explore arguments for and against harvesting kangaroos for their meat. Decide whether to support a kangaroo meat industry. Build a television report supporting your viewpoint. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Kangaroo: communicating messages

Explore arguments for and against harvesting kangaroos for their meat. Decide whether to support a kangaroo meat industry. Build a television report or newspaper article supporting your viewpoint. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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New developments [includes spoken instructions]

Survey populations of mammals and birds. Test how urban development impacts on wildlife. Notice the balance between development and wildlife conservation. Explore interactions between national parks, creeks, wetlands, bridges, towns and farms.

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New developments [no spoken instructions]

Survey populations of mammals and birds. Test how urban development impacts on wildlife. Notice the balance between development and wildlife conservation. Explore interactions between national parks, creeks, wetlands, bridges, towns and farms.

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Who lives here?

Search a rainforest habitat in north-east Australian for clues about animals that live there. Track down hidden animals. Find clues such as animal sounds, tracks and shadows. Check species descriptions to identify which animals might live in the area. Write a survey report including observations and conclusions.

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Balancing the options: wildlife park [ESL]

Help a local council to investigate differences of opinion about a proposed wildlife park. Gather facts and opinions from local residents, wildlife supporters and the park developer. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation.