Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AUSMEPA's new marine art and craft pages

Welcome to AUSMEPA's marine art pages HERE

Art is a way to express ideas in a different language. It is most successful when it can be understood by the many rather than the few. However, the art and craft at AUSMEPA is designed to encourage the expression about and to serve as a demonstration of learning about things in the ocean. And it is fun.

The materials suggested in the activities reflect lateral thinking, as art so often does. 

The limiting factors are what you have at hand, what can be sourced easily and economically as well as thinking outside the box.

These activities may provide a good partner to science or sustainability units of work in the classroom. Or they can stand alone. 

The activities are not rated for age as almost all can be adjusted up or down to suit.

We would love to hear about what you've created after looking at these projects and any comments you have that might make the experience richer for others. Send them to education@ausmepa.org.au


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

World Environment Day Awards - 5 June

Each year, in support of United Nations World Environment Day (5 June), the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) recognises innovative and outstanding environmental initiatives and projects from across Australia through the World Environment Day Awards. 

The Awards invite nominations from individuals, organisations and businesses that have taken positive steps towards sustainability and demonstrated environmental excellence in their homes, schools, communities and workplaces. 

Nominations close 17th April.

See more at www.unaavictoria.org.au


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Farewell Shorebirds 21 March o 19th April 2015

Are you up for the challenge?

Right now over 5 million shorebirds are migrating from Australia to breed in the Arctic – for some that’s the equivalent of doing 309 consecutive marathons with only one or two drink stops along the way. And what’s more, once they have nested and raised their young, they turn around and do it all again.

From 21 March – 19 AprilBirdLife Australia will be celebrating its annual migratory shorebird event, Farewell Shorebirds. 

They are challenging people from around Australia to head outdoors to help them reach a national target—a fraction of the distance travelled by a single shorebird over its lifetime. Do we as a nation have what it takes to walk, jog, cycle or swim as far as these incredible birds?

Highlighting the captivating story of the shorebirds’ annual global migration, Farewell Shorebirds explores why the birds make this remarkable journey and how they rely on Australia’s wetlands, coastlines and estuaries for their survival.

To be a part of this exciting event head to the website, log your distance travelled each day, help reach the national target and go into the draw to win some incredible prizes.

BirdLife Australia
Suite 2-05, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton VIC 3053T 03 9347 0757 | F 03 9347 9323
kerri-anne.hempshall@birdlife.org.au | birdlife.org.au