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Hand-drawn plan for water efficient garden, 1999

This is a plan hand-drafted by designer Wendy van Dok in 1999. It is a landscape plan for her own water efficient garden, and includes a large plant list featuring many drought-tolerant Australian native species. The plan, which is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria, is 570 mm in width by 390 mm in height.

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'How to identify water efficient plants' brochure, City West Water, 1996

This is a three-fold brochure published by City West Water and the Nursery Industry Association of Victoria in 1996. It formed part of a community education program to 'help gardeners reduce their water consumption'. Its main focus is on helping people to identify water-efficient plants. The brochure also states that 'Victorian ...

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Minibeasts in the forest treetops

The Daintree tropical rainforest in Far North Queensland is home to many different insects and spiders. Take a trip into the treetops to see some of the minibeasts that live there, such as Rhinoceros Beetles, Green Tree Ants and spiders.

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Prehistoric Wollemi Pine discovered

The 1994 discovery of the Wollemi Pine in the Blue Mountains was a momentous event, but the story doesn't end there. This ancient 'living fossil' species is millions of years old but was on the brink of extinction. Watch this clip to explore the remote canyon environments where it grows and find out about the remarkable ...

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Native species at home among the gum trees

The Blue Mountains region is home to many familiar Australian plants and animals including wildflowers, koalas, emus and wallabies. It is a place of varied habitats. Watch this clip to see wildflowers of a heath habitat, and animals of eucalypt forests and woodlands.

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Give me a home among the snow gums

The Australian Alps are home to some of Australia's most familiar animals and plants, and some of its rarest. Here you will find grey kangaroos, wombats, the snow gum and two of Australia's endangered species: the Mountain Pygmy-possum and the Corroboree Frog.

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When it rains in the desert

The desert in Australia's arid centre has a variable climate. When it rains, the landscape around Uluru is transformed. Watch this clip to see how desert plants and animals respond, such as the desert oaks that bloom and attract honeyeaters. The rains provide water and stimulate new growth, a signal for Red Kangaroos and ...

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The dynamic Tanami Desert

In the Red Centre of Australia, the Tanami Desert is alive with wildlife, including rare native animals and feral pests. Local Aboriginal people are helping scientists to research the impact feral cats have on wildlife. Watch this clip to see incredible footage of the desert, its people and its animals.

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A haven in the harsh desert heat

Watarrka National Park in central Australia is home to many plants and animals. Here, Kings Canyon, with its high sandstone walls, is a haven for rare and ancient plants. Temperatures soar in the desert but many different lizards thrive here. Venture deep into the Red Centre and discover why this is an important environment ...

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On safari in Botswana

Go on safari in Botswana to see its many varied landscapes, from the Okavango Delta to the Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi salt pans. See the wild animals that call these habitats home, and watch a galloping giraffe. Find out how the safari adventures in the clip reflect ecotourism principles.

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Don't get into a flap about elephant ears

It is now known that three species of elephants live across Africa and Asia: two in Africa and one in Asia. In this clip we look at how elephants from different climates have slightly different features and differ in size. Find out which elephants have the biggest ears and the wrinkliest skin - and why!

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Garden detective: explore an Australian garden

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is one in a series of two objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Garden detective: group Australian animals

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Garden detective: New Zealand garden

Search for small creatures in a New Zealand garden. Find animals such as a bumblebee, a weta and a woolly bear caterpillar. Have a close look at their body parts. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is ...

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Garden detective: explore a New Zealand garden

Search for small creatures in a New Zealand garden. Find animals such as a bumblebee, a weta and a woolly bear caterpillar. Have a close look at their body parts. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is one in a series of two objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Garden detective: group New Zealand animals

Search for small creatures in a New Zealand garden. Find animals such as a bumblebee, a weta and a woolly bear caterpillar. Have a close look at their body parts. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is ...

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Earth Alert

Tune in to a television program exploring environmental issues. Solve four ecological problems involving pest animals and humans: domestic cats, European wasps, sea stars and rural drivers. Get tips for solving environmental problems in your local area.

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Garden detective: Australian garden [ESL]

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Collect different creatures and find out what features they have. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the ...

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Garden detective: Australian garden

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the animals to their habitats. This content is also suitable for use ...

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Bush rangers: the impact of introduced species on the Australian environment - unit of work

This unit of work focuses on the introduced species that live in the Australian bush, often causing damage to native flora and fauna. It is designed to make year 3–4 students aware that not all bush creatures are natives and not all are good for the environment. Students take on the role of an author’s research assistant ...