Calling all Citizen Scientists

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

https://wildlifespotter.net.au/

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.

Invertebrates

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

Molluscs

 

 

 

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

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Bar Tailed Godwit Preens on a beach in Australia (photo: Dan Weller http://www.abc.net.au)

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

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/flying-for-your-life-1/7461802

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

How sticky would you need to be to climb a wall like Spiderman?

Image: https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/spider-man-character

It turns out, we humans would need about 80% of our bodies to be covered in sticky stuff for us to be able to stick to walls.

Have a look at the article from ABC science here

or the web address is: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-19/spiderman-sticking-powers-not-possible-in-real-world/7096512.  You can even find out which is the stickiest animal of all!

Watch the release of the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater!

Zoos Victoria published this information along with the YouTube Clip

Published on Oct 7, 2015

At the end of September, Eighteen Helmeted Honeyeaters were released at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve in an effort to save the species from extinction.
The birds, underwent special ‘stranger danger’ training in preparation for the release and are the latest graduates of Healesville Sanctuary’s captive breeding program.
As few as 89 Helmeted Honeyeaters remained in the wild in 1990, however, thanks to the work of volunteer group the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria and Healesville Sanctuary, this number has risen to about 150 birds!

For more information, check out this website:

http://www.zoo.org.au/healesville/animals/helmeted-honeyeater

The Light in Winter Festival Federation Square – Melbourne

Have a look at these events hosted by “Science in Public”

 

Celebrate Melbourne’s Winter Solstice with us at two free public events we’re presenting as part of

The Light in Winter Festival, in Federation Square.

 

Join the Light Revolution on Sunday 14 June: a public forum about how light is transforming our lives. Speakers will cover: the Nobel-winning blue LED; printing plastic solar panels; light empowering refugees and remote communities; and using light to reveal how we fight disease and cancer.

Reclaim the Stars on Friday 19 June: cosy up by the fireside to hear about the stars, how light pollution affects our health, and efforts to restore the night skies of our childhoods.

Both events are celebrating the UN-declared

International Year of Light (2015).

 

The Light Revolution, public forum

Sunday 14 June – from 5:00pm, Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square

Book your free tickets here: eventbrite.com.au/e/the-light-revolution-tickets-16797844806

 

The Light Revolution is transforming our lives. LEDs are making lighting more efficient, illuminating our homes and cities, and empowering refugee women and children. Solar cells are getting smarter, smaller and more flexible. Lasers are printing jet engines, tracking space junk and carrying the internet across oceans and continents. And light is helping scientists to see the secrets of life in spectacular detail through highly advanced microscopes.

 

During this forum, you’ll hear from:

 

Scott Watkins, Kyung-In Synthetic Corporation (KISCO)

LEDs are changing the world

The science that made blue LEDs possible won a Nobel Prize in 2014 and now it’s transforming the world. Scott will explain why this technology is so important and influential.

Shane Thatcher, Illumination

Combatting light poverty

Over 1.2 billion people in the world don’t have access to electricity and must burn toxic and dangerous kerosene to light their homes. Shane is using cost-effective solar devices to bring safe, reliable, free lighting to developing countries.

Andrew Holmes, Australian Academy of Science

Seeing the light with plastics

Andrew is working on printable, flexible, plastic solar cells about the size of an A4 sheet of paper. He’s making plastic do other clever things too – including emitting light and even conducting electricity.

James Whisstock, ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging

Lighting up life – the new microscopy

The inner secrets of how we fight disease are being revealed by elegant $2 microscopes, synchrotrons, and x-ray light a billion times brighter than the Sun – James will tell you how.

Tanya Ha, Science in Public

Tanya will be our MC for the evening. She is an influential environmental campaigner, science journalist, author, broadcaster and sustainability researcher.

And turning to the night sky…

Reclaiming the Stars, fireside chat

Friday 19 June at 6:00pm – 6.30pm, Federation Square, Melbourne

No need to book, just come and join us at the fireside

Star light, star bright, how many stars do you see tonight?

Our view of the night sky is contracting. Many children in our cities have never seen a starry night sky. Artificial light from high-rises, streetlamps and stadiums scatters skyward, which means we’re seeing fewer stars than ever before. Join us by the fire to learn more about light pollution and efforts to save the night skies. At the campfire, you’ll hear from:

 

Therésa Jones, Behaviour and Evolution Group, Melbourne University

Why do we need darkness?

Therésa will explain more about why artificial light can be harmful to humans and animals.

 

Nick Lomb, International Dark-Sky Association – Victoria

Big city lights

Nick will describe how light is incorporated into our cities and urban environments. He’ll also point out some examples of how people are solving the problem of light pollution around the world.

 

Tanya Hill, Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks

Astronomical discoveries in our skies

Tanya will tell us about the most important discoveries astronomers have seen in our night skies, and the instruments they use to explore the universe.

 

After the chat stick around for an evening of festivities around the campfire. Come early or stay late for storytelling, music and more public discussion about light. Full program is available here: http://fedsquare.com/events/campfire-program-leempeeyt-weeyn

 

Niall Byrne

Creative Director
Science in Public

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