Busy blitz inspires younger generation

Sunrise at camp

Wow, we’ve been busy! We’ve scoured the Henbury Nature Reserve, collected specimens and even found time to take heaps of fab pictures.

Despite the expedition’s wet and cold start- which saw reptiles burrowing into the sand and invertebrates making themselves pretty scarce - we’ve had a lot of success.  We’ve been uncovering spiders, true bugs, beetles, butterflies, fish, plants and more – and may have found five new species of bee, scorpion, plant and some spiders! These will all now go to the lab for examination.

For me, the best bit has been the ability to relay my experiences back to the students in the classroom via skype and video blogs. They have loved the interaction.

TeachLive links the theory they learn in the classroom with practical research in the field. The students have been able to ask scientists questions directly and get immediate answers. We’ve been able to show them snakes, tarantulas, fish and witchetty moths that we have caught.

Studying a witchetty moth

As teachers, we are always working hard to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and TeachLive has made that so easy!

Check out our pics and videos here.

Cassie Duykers, Nhulunby High School, NT.

Bush Blitz is a biodiversity discovery program between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton and Earthwatch Australia which aims to document the plants and animals across Australia’s National Reserve System. Bush Blitz TeachLive is coordinated by Earthwatch Australia and the Australian Science Teachers Association.

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