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Panel 8: Protecting Local Grasslands

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Panel 8: Protecting Local Grasslands

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 was developed to protect and manage threatened native plants and animals. The first action was to save the Golden Moth Orchid. There are many things we can do to conserve what is left of the plains. We could plant native plants in our gardens, join a local friends group or investigate what animals live in your local area.

Panel 9: Plants and Animals at Mt Rothwell

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Panel 9: Plants and Animals at Mt Rothwell

Mount Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre is a 400 hectare property, with a predator proof fence surrounding the grassland and grassy woodland ecosystems. Here small marsupials, some of which are critically endangered, are plentiful. Management and research is conducted in consultation with government wildlife agencies and research organisations.

Panel 10: Wetlands Through The Seasons

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Panel 10: Wetlands Through The Seasons

Wetlands in the plains, when full of water, cover up to a sixth of the land area. Wetlands are high in biological diversity, and support a wide variety of native plants and animals, which are adapted to the fluctuating water levels. Due to the variable water levels, shallow wetlands were drained and others made deeper and more permanent. This has altered wetland ecology and reduced habitat for many species. Species have difficultly in travelling from one habitat to another, as the distances are further. As a result, gene pools are isolated and species are threatened.

Panel 12: Biodiversity in an Open Woodland

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Panel 12: Biodiversity in an Open Woodland

Open woodlands are scattered around the plains, particularly on higher ground and around water. Dominant species include River Red Gums in wetter areas, and Grey Box and Yellow Box in drier areas. In open woodlands, the trees are not overlapping, or very tall, and the understory is made up to grasses and herbs not shrubs. Most of the woodlands have been cleared for agriculture or fire wood. This has caused a decline in habitat for native birds, animals and flightless birds.

Extension: 3D grassland and wetland diorama

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Panel 13 Ecolinc Cut-outs

This activity is an extension to the Volcano Dreaming unit of work. Teachers may choose to use this as an assessment task to determine the students' level of understanding about grasslands and wetlands. Students will make a 3D model of a grassland and wetland and place 3D animals and plants in an appropriate location depending on their habitat requirements.

Animal and plant survival

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Background

The Ecolinc wetland and grassland is home to a variety of native plants and animals. All these living things depend on each other and the wetland and grassland ecosystem to survive. 
 

Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

  • Understand the terms environment and biodiversity
  • Demonstrate how plants and animals depend on each other and the environment to survive. 

Activities

Students will:

Renewable energy

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Full Day
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Year Levels

Background

Society is moving rapidly towards the use of renewable energy resources. Victoria has seen a rapid growth in the development of Wind Farms in the past few years. Whilst Australia has one of the world’s greatest uptakes of solar photovoltaic roof installations and increasingly consumers are installing battery systems as a way of storing energy.
 

Exploring wetland ecosystems - Serendip Sanctuary

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Full Day
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Background

A wetland is an ecosystem that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, and includes swamps, marshes, flood plains, lakes and bogs. The water itself can be either saltwater, freshwater or brackish. 
 
Wetland water is rich in nutrients, attracting and sustaining many different types of plants and animals, including invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. Wetlands are unique ecosystems that provide food and water, habitat and breeding grounds and places to shelter during drought. 

Introduction to a plant's world

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Full Day
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Year Levels

Background

Plants are living things that need air, water, soil, and sunlight to live. When they grow their leaves capture light to make energy and their roots find water. 
 

Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

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