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Saving the Mountain Pygmy-possum

Discover the tiny Mountain Pygmy-possum and find out what scientists are doing to try to save it from extinction. Learn about the possum and why it is endangered, and watch some research being conducted out in the field and in a laboratory. The clip includes footage of this rare and endangered native Australian animal in the wild.

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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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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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European rabbits

This is a black and white photograph of a group of European rabbits ('Oryctolagus cuniculus'). The image shows the rabbits on ground that is barren and lacking any vegetation. (Classification - Phylum: Chordata, Class: Mammalia, Order: Lagomorpha, Family: Leporidae.)

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Lorry loaded with dead rabbits, c1918

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 15.1 cm x 20.4 cm, showing a lorry loaded with 1,760 pairs of dead rabbits being driven from a depot to the nearest railway station. It was taken in about 1918 in New South Wales. The photograph is attributed to the Country Freezing Company Limited. Printed in white at the ...

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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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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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Shark teeth

This is an information sheet about different types of fossil shark teeth that are occasionally found on Victorian beaches. It is also available as a one-page pdf file for download.

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Giant Gippsland earthworm

This is an information sheet on the giant Gippsland earthworm ('Megascolides australis').

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Cabbage white butterfly

This is an information sheet on the cabbage white butterfly ('Pieris rapae') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Curbing the carp population

Find out why European carp fish are called 'river rabbits' in Australia. Listen to how they came to Australia and what makes them such a pest now.Discover how a local entrepreneur is exploiting the new resource while scientists are doing their best to cap the carp population explosion.

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Migratory birds

Discover a program that builds awareness about Tasmania's shore birds. See how community involvement is helping to monitor their populations. View this clip called 'Migratory birds', created by young reporters from Circular Head Christian School, Tasmania. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the ...

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Wattleseed: a promising new cooking ingredient

If you were a farmer, what native plants could you grow to provide a new food crop? Find out how Mark Lucas, a South Australian farmer, makes use of scientific research and innovative chefs to create a market for a new native plant food product.

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Developing bush tucker into a seed crop

Which native plant might provide a ready-made crop that could be used as a very nutritious food source? Meet two South Australian growers who are investigating just such a native crop. Find out more about the seed crop that does not require significant amounts of water or fertiliser and has a long history of use by Indigenous ...

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Eltham copper butterfly

This is an information sheet on the Eltham copper butterfly ('Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida') with description, distribution, habitat, host plants and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Quoll rescue

Discover what threatens a native Australian predator and how scientists are hoping to save it from extinction. This clip about quolls in the Northern Territory describes the causes of its decline and a rescue strategy to save it from extinction. The strategy has a surprising twist - it features the very thing that is threatening ...

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Frog relocation

Did you know that the site of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney is also home to the appropriately named Green and Golden Bell Frog? Watch this clip to find out how Olympic planners worked with the Australian Museum to relocate frogs to a protected, nearby habitat.

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Snow leopard fur coat, c1938

This is a loose-fitting women's coat of snow leopard fur, made between 1935 and 1940 in London. It is of knee length and is A-line in style, with long sleeves and a turn down collar.

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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 ...