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To determine the suitability of a site to introduce fox mitigation, scientists must first learn about the animal and then find evidence of the presence of an endangered animal in an area.
During the fieldwork day, students will collect scientific data to determine which of two potential wildlife camera sites is the more suitable for a Southern Brown Bandicoot sampling.
How do introduced species affect the Australian environment and ecosystems?
Fieldwork Inquiry Question
How do scientists determine where fox mitigation should take place to protect endangered species?
Students are expected to complete pre-visit work to ensure they are able to complete the fieldwork. This includes an in-depth research of foxes and the Southern Brown Bandicoot (SBB). Once completed, students will use this information to plan an investigation.
Students will use scientific equipment to investigate and compare the abiotic features of two sites to determine the suitability for a Southern Brown Bandicoot population and therefore a targeted camera setup site to monitor both bandicoots and foxes.
Abiotic features to be measured include soil texture, soil pH, soil temperature, aspect, slope, light intensity, air temperature and humidity.
Students will use scientific equipment to investigate and compare the abiotic features of two sites.
Biotic features to be measured include an invertebrate survey, scat and tracks identification, ground cover and vegetation survey
Students will learn about the local Aboriginal people and some of the traditional management strategies.
Students will also lean about the importance of the Koorawull (Bandicoot) to Guringai people and visit a traditional Aboriginal site.
Students will learn about the impacts of foxes, with a particular reference to on SBB populations in the park and discuss possible management strategies to limit the impact.
This program is offered at the following locations. Click on an image to find out more.
*Note: Excursions at Muogamarra operate in Terms 2 and 3 only.
NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location, number of students and weather.
|Time||Class A||Class B||Class C|
Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome
Review of pre-visit material
|10.50am||Site 1: Abiotic and biotic data collection||Aboriginal cultural site visit||Aboriginal cultural site visit|
|11.40am||Aboriginal cultural site visit||Site 2: Abiotic and biotic data collection||Site 1: Abiotic and biotic data collection|
|12.20pm||Site 2: Abiotic and biotic data collection||Site 1: Abiotic and biotic data collection||Site 2: Abiotic and biotic data collection|
|1.30pm||Lunch and toilets|
|2.00m||Finish and depart|
|Bus access map||
Map for access to venue will be sent with the confirmation
Please ensure you print a copy and provide to the bus driver on the morning of the excursion.
2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free
2023 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $575 per class.
NOTE: National Parks entry is $1.10 per student in addition
|Class numbers and size||
Up to 3 classes
Max. 30 students per class
|What to bring||
Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.
Students wear sports uniform.
||On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.|
||Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the excursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.|
The Fox Resource Hub supports the fieldwork program and includes pre-visit activities, teacher programming outline and resources. This resources will support schools/students wanting to complete this as a depth study. Please contact the Centre for more information.
The Fox Virtual Fieldwork site is an online resource to support students who are unable to attend the fieldwork. Please contact the Centre for more information.
> develops and evaluates questions and hypotheses for scientific investigation EES11/12-1
> designs and evaluates investigations in order to obtain primary and secondary data and information EES11/12-2
> conducts investigations to collect valid and reliable primary and secondary data and information EES11/12-3
> describes human impact on the Earth in relation to hydrological processes, geological processes and biological changes EES11-11
Module 4: Human Impacts
Effects of Introduced Species
- biotic and abiotic effects of the species
- area effected by the species
- human impacts that favour the introduced species
- control or mitigation methods
- differing views about the value of and/or harm caused by the introduced species, including the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Earth and Environnmental Science Stage 6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017
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