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Learning objects The night of the bilby: safe habitat [ESL]

TLF ID L9894

Survey a desert environment to see if it is a suitable area to release bilbies. Estimate the amount of food available by trapping insects and small animals. Inspect the habitat for animal tracks made by predators or competitors. Fence the area to keep out unwanted animals and then remove any remaining threats. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify factors that threaten the survival of bilbies.
  • Students identify features of an ecosystem that bilbies depend on for their survival.
Educational value
  • Enables students to conduct their own environmental management survey in order to identify the threats to the survival of an endangered Australian species and the features of the ecosystem upon which it depends.
  • Identifies the type and amount of food available for bilbies in a test area by trapping insects and small animals.
  • Highlights predator and competitor species of the bilby through a habitat survey exercise.
  • Provides immediate feedback at all investigation stages.
  • Encourages students to take appropriate environmental initiatives on the basis of research findings.
  • Includes modified language for English as a Second Language users.
  • Features hyperlinked glossary terms for some words used in the activity.
Year level

3; 4

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Investigation, communication and participation
  • Studies of society and environment/Natural and social systems
  • Studies of society and environment/Ecology
  • Studies of society and environment/Food
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental issues
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental management
  • Studies of society and environment/Conservation of natural resources
  • Studies of society and environment/Surveys
  • Analysis;
  • Application;
  • Comprehension;
  • Knowledge
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Experiment;
  • Analysis
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Technical implementer
  • Script writer
  • Name: Adam DeMooy
  • Address: St Kilda VIC Australia
  • Script writer
  • Name: Pam Rushby
  • Address: Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073 Australia
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Warwick Mears
  • Address: Cebu Philippines
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Hearing independence
Learning resource type
  • Interactive Resource
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
  • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
  • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
Operating systems
  • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
  • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
Platform requirements
  • Initial load time may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64kbps connection due to the use of rich media content. Load time on some screens may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64kbps connection due to the use of rich media content. This object was developed for Firefox 2 and there is potential that there may be audio playback issues in Firefox 3.
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.