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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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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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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 ...

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‘True’ stories - unit of work

In this unit of work, students take on the role of an author’s research assistant to investigate one of the introduced species that live in the Australian bush. Then, rather than limiting themselves to writing a report, they are challenged to weave their factual research into a creative story about the creature.

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Helpful or harmful? - unit of work

This unit focuses on learning about minibeasts - the bugs, insects and other tiny creatures usually found under our feet. Students investigate: how to recognise common minibeasts; their life cycles and needs; their habits and habitats; and their contribution to the environment. They also learn about the purpose and format ...

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Kiwi pendant, 19th century

This is a pendant made from 9 carat gold and the beak of a kiwi ('Apteryx' species), a flightless bird unique to New Zealand. The maker is unknown, but it is believed to have been created in the 19th century. At the broad end of the beak is a gold mount with a loop. The mount is inscribed with the Mäori word, Taihoa, meaning ...

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Tuatara, c1945

This is the skull and jaw of a tuatara ('Sphenodon punctatus'), believed to have been collected around 1945. Some of the tuatara’s most distinctive features, which help distinguish it from lizards, can be seen in the skull. The well-formed arches behind the eye, the beak-like front teeth and the main rows of 'teeth' (called ...

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Camouflaged pheasant coucal chicks, 1968

This is a black-and-white photograph of three chicks in their nest, titled 'Three hairy chicks of the Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) lying in a nest amongst long grass, 1968'. The tiny chicks are camouflaged by the surrounding leaves and vegetation that have been used to build the nest.