Bushfires have long been a part of the Australian landscape. Our plants and animals have had to find ways to live with bushfires. Our animals have developed both structural and behavioural adaptations to help them survive bushfire events. And yet, despite these adaptations, our native animals can benefit from having humans – like you – help them when bushfires happen. And did you know, even if you live a long way from where the bushfire is happening, there is still something you can do?
This activity is a great one to do together as a family. Children will need support to complete this activity.
Ideal for: Primary Ages 10 to 12.
- fresh air
- be creative
- think and connect
Time required: 30 minutes.
In partnership with The Conversation, the Beyond the Bushfires series brings the words of scientists who are actively involved in research and science communication into classrooms throughout Australia. Students will explore evidence-based research embedded in the context of real-world practice.
Additional thanks to the Ian Potter Foundation, John T Reid Charitable Trusts and The Myer Foundation, for generously supporting the development of these lessons
- Article from The Conversation – The Conversation – Animal response to a bushfire is astounding. These are the tricks they use to survive
- Device with internet access
- Other materials may be required, depending on the actions you choose to take to help native animals.
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