Wildlife warriors make splash for biodiversity
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