Wednesday, August 1, 2012

FLEC: 2012 Townsville Primary Future Leaders Eco Challenge

Waterway monitoring

James Cook University, Townsville 25.07.2012

As a 2012 FLEC partner, AUSMEPA was delighted to assist Reef Guardians Sally McFee who  introduced 65 students from 10 Reef Guardian schools in the region to a variety of environmental topics through interactive challenges.

Partnering the event were 

  • Townsville City Council, 
  • James Cook University (TropEco) and Education Students
  • Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA), 
  • Reef HQ, 
  • North Qld Dry Tropics, Museum of Tropical Queensland, 
  • CSIRO, 
  • Sea Turtle Foundation, 
  • Ocean Watch, 
  • Paluma Environmental Education Centre,

Students test the health of a revegetated waterway through water quality testing and identifying the diversity of macro-invertebrates (water bugs) with the help of Paluma Environmental Education Centre.

Students explore the biodiversity of bugs that can be found in their

schoolyard to indicate ecosystem health with the help of NQ Dry Tropics and the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Sea Turtle Foundation educate and inspire about local turtle conservation.

Students act the part of environmental scientists to solve environmental mysteries in the 'Eco-inigma' program provided by CSIRO.

Thanks very much to Sally McPhee, Reef Guardian Project Officer –Schools for an excellent event in Townsville, one of several being held by Reef Guardians throughout the state of Queensland. 

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