Where the wild things are: As humans stay indoors, nature is emerging

As COVID-19 forces us to abandon public spaces and stay home, nature appears to be “reclaiming” the streets.

This article provides a positive view of physical isolation by reporting the reduction of human impact on nature. It is suited to students in years 4, 6, 7, and 9, studying Biological and Earth and Space Sciences.

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Where the wild things are: As humans stay indoors, nature is emerging – Australia’s Science Channel

Where the wild things are: As humans stay indoors, nature is emerging – Australia’s Science Channel

Years: 4, 6, 7, 9

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20 ways to ensure a positive human impact on nature

It was only a couple of months ago Australia was devastated by bushfires. The recovery isn’t over – and here’s how you can help out as an everyday legend citizen scientist.

With everything that’s happening at the moment, it’s easy to forget that there are large parts of Australia still recovering from the devastating bushfires just a few months ago. But while some of us are stuck at home, we can use our time to help out tracking the recovery.

We think this is a great opportunity for many students (and parents) to discover their love of science in a way that will really make a difference – so try it out!

 

How to get involved

Citizen Science Bushfire Project Finder allows members of the public to contribute to research projects ranging from air quality, to identifying and confirming animal and plant sightings. In all there are 20 projects that anyone can take part in.

The findings by citizen scientists will help understand the impact and recovery from the fires, providing vital information about how to minimise the effects of bushfires in the future.

 

This article was originally published on Australia’s Science Channel. Read the full article here.

Topics:

Biological Sciences –  Ecosystems, Living Things

Earth and Space Sciences – Renewable/non-renewable resources, The Changing Earth

Additional: Careers, Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences –  Interdependence and Ecosystems

Earth and Space Sciences – The Earth’s Surface