What’s happening in the habitat?
Category: Biodiversity
Climate Region: Arid | Temperate | Tropical
State or Territory: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA
Age Range: 0-7


Suyin and her best mate Tom enjoy playing in the park next door to where Suyin lives. From her home, they can hear the calls of their favourite bird, the magpie. Tom takes his binoculars to the park hoping to get a glimpse of the magpie baby who has just left the nest. They knows to watch from a distance and not to get too close to the magpie baby whose tail feathers have not fully grown. The magpie baby’s mum and dad keep watch from nearby as it is not able to fly yet.


We’re going to identify animals in their habitats by exploring either your backyard, schoolyard, a local park or some other natural place. Investigate your surroundings to see which animals are sharing the local habitat with you. Use the field guide to help you identify animals in your community.


To investigate which animals share their habitat with people in your community.


Seasonal variations may determine which species are observable at a given time.

Did you know?

A habitat is a place where animals and plants share the environment with each other and non-living things.

Did you know?

An animal needs a habitat that can provide clean water, food, shelter, air, space, sun and a place to raise their young. People need these things too!

Did you know?

An animal will look for a habitat that it is best suited to. Animals have special features which allow them to survive and thrive in specific habitats.

Did you know?

Dead trees provide habitat too. Tree hollows provide homes for birds and mammals, fallen wood for invertebrates and reptiles.

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