About the 2017 Bush Blitz Teach Live Expedition

In May 2017 five teachers travelled to the Victoria-Bonaparte Bioregion in the Northern Territory, discovering new species and uncovering important information that will help protect our biodiversity for generations to come.

The Rock Central School

Welcome to the Rock Central School

The Rock Central School serves the township of The Rock and an extensive, surrounding, rural district. Three buses deliver students to the school each day from areas such as Tootool, French Park, South Collingullie and Maxwell. The Rock Central School and its community, aims to provide a curriculum that is relevant, meaningful and enjoyable so that children will attain their social and academic potential enabling them to fulfil their rightful role in society.

Home to approximately 150 students from Kindergarten to year 10, the Rock Central School aims to foster country values for country kids in a safe and country environment.

 

Biodiversity

So how did you go last lesson? Bush Blitz is an extremely important expedition which highlights really how much we don't know about the richness in the species across Australia.  The next two lessons look at Biodiversity.   What does the term 'biodiversity' actually mean? Click on the following links to investigate the meaning and how unique many of our species in Australia actually are?

Lesson 2 Biodiversity

There are three kinds of biodiversity in an environment. Click here to eplore species diversity and how it is so important to species in order for them to survive.

Lesson 3 Biodiversity

What was so important about biodiversity?  There are still two different biodiversities to look at. Click here to explore further!

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What is Bush Blitz?

Welcome to the first lesson.  This lesson explains what is Bush Blitz and what the expedition aims to achieve each year.  Lets explore to find out where the 2016 expedition will take you! Click on the link below. 

Friday 19th February 2016

Today I headed out with the seed bank team James Wood and Natalie Tapson in search of very important native seeds to add to theTasmanian seed bank.  James and Natalie work on the SeedSafe project.  This project is a partnership between the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Tasmanian  Herbarium, and the Biodiversity Conservation Branch of Tasmania's Department  of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.  SeedSafe began as part of the Millennium Seedbank Project. The aim of this project is to hold viable, multi provenanced (original and authenticated) collections for the entire Tasmanian Flora.  It also can provide viable seeds to assist in reintroducing native plant communities into an area affected by fire, weed or pests.  

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Thursday 18th February 2016

Well today was BOAT DAY! I normally appreciate boats from a far as I get quite sea sick, especially on open waters, but decided to take part in this wonderful experience as this is the first time Bush Blitz has surveyed aquatic material.. We left base camp around 8:45am and drove to the ferry terminal to meet the 'Penghana' from the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre, and its crew Andrew, Claire and Steve the captain.  Andrew and Claire are teachers at the Marine Discovery centre who educate students from schools around Tasmania about the wonders of the marine world.  We also had two extra crew members on board to greet us, students from Woodbridge, Taylor and Imogen who had been invited to join our expedition for the day.

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Wednesday 17th February 2016

Today had a different pace to it. Instead of heading out in the field I stayed back at base camp to work in the laboratory and video conference with my students at the Rock Central School.  The day started very much like yesterday, at 6:30am, breakfast and lunch prep before heading up to the lab.  The other teachers and scientists headed out around 8:30-9am to their designated plots around Bruny Island.  As you can see from the photos, each assigned group must record their details which include car registration, stat phone number, the allocated team members, location, check in time and expected time to arrive back at base camp.  This information is so important for the base camp supervisor to monitor the activities of each group and send assistance if needed.  

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Tuesday 16th February 2016

Tasmania is an extremely beautiful and natural place, but honestly it puts Victoria to shame with four seasons in one day!  It rained for most of Monday night but we woke up to a promising morning.  My morning started around 6:15am where we needed to have breakfast, prepare lunch and leave for our allocated sites by 9am. Each Bush Blitz expedition, Scientists sample from standard sites.  These are known as SSS1 and SSS2 sites.  I accompanied Kevin Bonham, Abbey Throssel and Ari to the SSS1 site, located within the Mount Mangana forest reserve.  Many of the roads within the reserves are dirt tracks and the sampling sites themselves require scientists to walk into dense forest to complete their sampling work.  

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Monday 15th February 2016

Arrival day on site.

Today we travelled from Hobart to North Bruny Island and settled into our base camp, located at Murrayfield Station, Bruny Island. Murrayfield Station is run by the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and is home to approximately 13 000 sheep.  The location is amazing as we have an spectacular view of the Tasman sea, located in Trumpeter Bay which is no more than 500 meters away.  

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Sunday 14th February 2016

Hi everyone,

Well what a day!  Most of my day comprised of catching a number of planes to arrive in Hobart, around 4pm.  There I was greeted by our team contact, Bruce Paton (Earthwatch). First impressions of Hobart were 'amazing', 'picturesque' and 'inspirational'. The climate is what I would expect, but the habitat; just from driving from the airport to where we are staying is spectacular. There are trees that are as tall as 5 storey buildings, wide as a small truck and would be over 100 years old, so many nestled in the heart of Hobart centre. Many of them not native to Australia most likely planted by the first settlers and nurtured by the locals. 
 
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St Stephen's School, Algester

St Stephen’s School is a co-educational primary school in an outer suburb of Brisbane. St Stephen’s School has a commitment to fostering the spirituality and faith development of each child within our Catholic community, where all children and their families are accepted and valued for their uniqueness. Our school community is centred on living Gospel values within the Catholic faith tradition. St Stephen’s school implements the Australian Curriculum with a focus upon the spiritual, social, emotional, physical, academic, creative and cultural developmental needs of your child.

We have a commitment to natural and social sustainability. We are committed to hands-on, minds-on ad hearts-on science and sustainability learning. We are very fortunate to equally share a purpose-built science learning centre called, Sheepstation Gully Environmental Learning Centre with our neighbor school, Algester State School. This affords us a unique partnership for science learning. We also seek to develop and sustain positive partnerships in our community to enhance learning and living.

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