LEARNING ACTIVITY
Creating a wildlife habitat: research
Category: Biodiversity
Climate Region: Arid | Temperate | Tropical
State or Territory: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA
Age Range: 7-13

STORY

Suyin and Tom count themselves very lucky to live in an area where they can hear the familiar sounds of Galahs on a daily basis. The park next to Suyin’s house is often visited by a vast amount of lizards, big and small, and they were convinced that there is a Wallaby in the area as they often see tracks and unusual pellets.

They are both aware that some of the children at their school live across the valley, in a recently developed area with lots of houses close to the shopping centre. They wonder whether the children who live there are as lucky as they are to see a habitat of wildlife in their local backyard.

ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

Increased urbanization is reducing natural habitats across Australia, impacting on the survival of our native wildlife. Creating a native wildlife habitat is a great way to ensure the protection of native wildlife, from the smallest insects to birds, reptiles, mammals and frogs.

This learning activity is the first part of a sequence of 5 individual learning activities focused on creating a wildlife habitat. The order of these learning activities are: research, vision, design, planting and monitoring and care.

Outcomes

For children to:

  • undertake research to determine what their local ecosystems are
  • make observations to investigate local species and their habitat
  • look at ways they can help create wildlife habitats
  • enjoy being active and productive outdoors and build their social and teamwork skills
  • understand the steps involved in creating a wildlife habitat.

SEASONAL NOTES

This activity can be undertaken any time of the year.

Did you know?

Biodiversity means the variety of living things on Earth.

Did you know?

An ecosystem consists of a community of organisms, together with their physical environment.

Did you know?

Ecology is the study of the relationships between living organisms – including humans – and their physical environment; Ecologists are the scientists who study them.

Did you know?

Biodiversity means the variety of living things on Earth.

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