Wildlife war­riors make splash for bio­di­ver­sity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

MIALLO State School stu­dents splashed around the creek catch­ing creepy-crawlies and test­ing the wa­ter as part of Bio­di­ver­sity Day on Mon­day.

Funded by Earth Smart Science, a gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive, Year 5 to 7 stu­dents learnt how to catch in­sects, check them out un­der a mi­cro­scope, test the pH-level of the lo­cal creek and catch in­ver­te­brates.

These fun ac­tiv­i­ties were aimed at find­ing out how many in­sects are in their lo­cal area and see if the bio­di­ver­sity of their lo­cal area is healthy and strong.

“In­sects are the bot­tom of the food chain - if there are lots of in­sects the bio­di­ver­sity of the area is prob­a­bly healthy,” Miallo State School teacher Adri­ana Van Box­tel said.

“It is about find­ing out about an­i­mals that live in our bio­di­ver­sity and teach­ing the kids the mean­ing of bio­di­ver­sity and sus­tain­able liv­ing.”

The pro­gram also ex­plains waste, en­ergy and wa­ter man­age­ment in an in­ter­ac­tive hand­son ap­proach.

“The kids had a fan­tas­tic day, they were re­ally look­ing for­ward to it and all got in­volved,” Ms Van Box­tel said.

Earth Smart Science fa­cil­i­ta­tor Al­li­son Ker­rHis­lop was there on the day to teach the stu­dents how to sup­port bio­di­ver­sity.

“The kids have been find­ing in­sects, iden­ti­fy­ing and count­ing them and then let­ting them go,” Ms Kerr-His­lop said.

“The pro­gram is to teach chil­dren why we need a va­ri­ety of in­sects, plants and an­i­mals in our bio­di­ver­sity and why it is im­por­tant to care for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Splash­ing around: Miallo State School stu­dents do their bit for bio­di­ver­sity

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