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Holiday fun that will last a LIFETIME!

Title page of the multi-touch book

Looking for something to do with the family this school holiday/Easter break?  Something that will keep the kids and you occupied for a ……LIFETIME!

Then go ahead and download a copy of the Bournda EEC/Atlas of Life multi-touch book, “Exploring and Mapping our Living World – with the Atlas of Life and NatureMapr”. Created by Bournda EEC teacher Julie Donne, this wonderful teaching resource will be introduce you to the wonderful world of citizen science, where you can play an important role in mapping the biodiversity of our local region.  Has that spider ever been sighted before?  Is that bird out of its normal range? Has anyone sighted that butterfly at this time of the year?  So many great scientific questions that could be answered through the sightings that you make in your backyard, local national park, on your farm….ANYWHERE!

Page view from multitouch book

Produced in partnership with the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub and Sustainability Education Network and the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, the book features stunning images of local biodiversity by local naturalists. There are step-by-step instructions on how to use the NatureMapr app to record your sightings. Eventually the data you record becomes part of the CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia biodiversity database which has nearly 85 MILLION occurrence records.

Download from the iBook store

Screenshot of multi-touch book

 

Student work samples

It’s always nice to see student work on display in schools, particularly when you had something to do with it!

Earlier in the term, Bournda EEC staff worked with Eden Marine High School Year 7 students on coastal hazards, with support from Kyran Crane (Coastal Management Officer) from Bega Valley Shire Council.

So it was nice to see these on display in Mr Barros’ classroom.

Thanks to Luke Brown for the pics.

Student posters on coastal hazards

 

Staff visit to On The Perch

The Bournda EEC staff had the pleasure of visiting On The Perch recently. Great to see the birds so happy and comfortable, with plenty of space to fly (and perch on us!) The Bush Stone Curlew is nesting again (she’s chosen a spot right by the path) and the chicks are due to hatch just in time for Threatened Species week. Sadly this bird is on the endangered species list due to loss of habitat and predation by cats, foxes and dogs.

Chris and Jan

 

New barbeque for Bournda EEC

Hooray for a new barbeque! Looking forward to cooking on it at the school camps.

New barbeque for Bournda EEC

Feeding the animals at Bournda…

These two visited recently – hoping for a share of lunch. Feeding the wildlife, while tempting to do, is not good for them and can lead to a range of negative consequences for the animals and humans. The Office of Environment and Heritage have more information on keeping our wildlife healthy here:

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/KeepingWildlifeWild.htm

Australian king parrot, Alisterus scapularisGrey Butcherbird, Cracticus torquatus

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