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Online Incursions: Habitat for Urban Wildlife - Hollows & Nest Boxes

Program Summary

Location: Online
Excursion Duration: 45 mins
Year Level: Prep to Year 7
Group Size: 20-50

Cost: $110 +GST for up to 50 students 
Availability: See booking form
Program Themes: nest boxes, bat tubes, design and construction, habitat loss, adaptation, wildlife homes

 

Program Overview

Students will learn about the specific nesting and housing needs of a range of common urban wildlife species. Students will learn about the need for construction of artificial nest boxes and bat tubes to preserve and enhance urban biodiversity and learn how to design nest boxes and bat tubes to cater for the specific needs.

Key Concepts & Questions

•    Why do some birds and animals need our help with nesting and housing?
•    What are the best designs for particular species?
•    How can we design these so that they can be built in schools and in our own backyards?

Learning Outcomes

•    F-2 Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
•    3-4 Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)
•    5-6 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
•    5-6 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

Program Outline

In this program the students will learn about adaptations of a range of wildlife species especially birds and mammals that use hollows for nesting and roosting.

They will learn about their natural habitats, how and why many of these have been destroyed, and how these species need to make adaptations for survival.

They also learn about how we can help these species by designing and building boxes and tubes for them.They will learn about the importance of catering to the specific needs of individual species.

The Q&A session following the video will allow students to further explore and investigate this topic.

Logistics

This incursion is delivered online using Zoom. A teacher and class can join the session from the classroom or remotely from home. A meeting link and instructions will be sent out with the booking confirmation. Minimum group size is 20, maximum group size is 50.

An invoice will be forwarded after the incursion is completed. The fee covers our programs administration costs. Please book your incursion at least 7 days in advance - we are unable to accept last-minute bookings.



Please email schools@ecocentre.com with subject "Online incursion enquiry", with:
1) Incursion Topic(s),
2) Three preferred dates and times
3) Number of classes for each topic (a class is up to 25 students)?
4) Year level of the students
5) Contact name, school/organisation and phone number

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