Life cycle of Marsupials and other awesome videos

Have a look at some of the videos on ABC splash!


This one is of a monotreme (Australian echidna).!/media/1455734/monotreme-mum-smuggles-snuggly-puggle

Once the video opens, check out the other videos down the right hand side too!

Have fun!!!



Calling all Citizen Scientists


If you have ever wanted to be a citizen scientist, check out WildLife Spotter!

Help save threatened species and preserve Australia’s iconic wildlife!

Become a citizen scientist and assist researchers by looking for animals in wilderness photos taken by automated cameras around Australia.

Anyone can join in and you can do it all online.

From CSIRO Double Helix: News: Five reasons why insects are like Pokémon

If you’re a Pokémon fan, then you’re probably obsessed with collecting every species. But did you know that Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri got his inspiration from insects? Here are some reasons why entomology (the study of insects) is like playing Pokémon in real life.

5.       Transformation occurs in Pokémon and insects

Some Pokémon and insects undergo metamorphosis. These stages usually include egg, larva, pupa and adult. In butterflies, you may know this cycle as an egg becoming a caterpillar (larva), then a chrysalis (pupa), and finally an adult butterfly. An example from Pokémon is an egg hatching into a Caterpie, which turns into a Metapod, and then ends up as a Butterfree.

4.       Like Pokémon trainers, entomologists travel searching far and wide for new species

There are some great places to look for insects. There are 17 megadiverse hotspots containing 70 per cent of the world’s biodiversity, but these take up only 10 per cent of Earth’s total surface and are rich in insect species!

3.       Different traps catch different species

There are different types of Poké Ball for Pokémon, and different traps and lures for insect species. For example, net or flight-intercept traps are used for flying insects, and pitfall or emergence traps are better for ground-dwelling insects.

2.       Pokédex for insects exist

Entomologists use catalogues to record species, such as the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) online database. The ALA includes data like a Pokédex does, including species distribution and collection information.

1.       We need your help to catch (and describe) ‘em all!

If you thought 700 species of Pokémon were a handful, there are more than one million described insect species and another 30 million waiting to be described! Imagine if we came together to name all the species on Earth.

It’s your turn to be the very best entomologist that no one ever was! If you’re interested in entomology, start a digital collection by photographing then releasing your specimens, and visit or volunteer at your local museum’s insect collection.

More information

For more reasons why insects are like Pokémon, check out the next issue of Double Helix magazine. Subscribe to receive your copy!  

This article was written by Dr Bryan Lessard, aka Bry the Fly Guy. He’s an entomologist at CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection in Canberra.


Food Webs


Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis


Classification of Living Things


Mosa Mack – Adaptations

Mosa Mack – Food Web

More Food Chains and Food Webs


Have a look at this link to invertebrates and their unusual behaviour

National Geographic – A million years of decorating yourself with junk





Did you know that the Bar Tailed Godwit flies the equivalent distance of going to the moon and back in its lifetime?


Bar Tailed Godwit Preens on a beach in Australia (photo: Dan Weller

Every year, millions of birds make a monumental journey between their breeding grounds in arctic tundra and their wintering grounds in Australasia.

Some birds migrate 11,000km straight over the seas without stopping, through the nights, days, storms and lulls – they are truly a wonder of the natural world.

Flying for your Life

ABC Radio National, “Off Track” is airing a fascinating four part series called Flying for your Life about the lives of these fascinating (and endangered) shore birds.

To learn more, have a look at the webpage and have a listen here…

Flying for your life : Radio National

And now for some Sesame Street about transport and design with a special appearance by Super Grover 2.0 (he showed up!!)

Here is the whole gang, talking about Transport

And in a classic video Grover teaches us about Force

Another video about Force

Have a look at this STEM clip about boat building

Grover 2.0 on Design

Transport of the past…

For us to look to the future in an informed way, we must look to the past…

History Quote

Here is a really  quick look at the history of transport in Australia


Here is a snapshot of the development of transport in the USA


We could also look at a history of transport in Japan.

Take a look at this link…

How did your Mum and Dad or Grandparents or even Great-grandparents get around? Ask them, you might be surprised by what you can learn 🙂