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Photo of a mangrove roots
Rhizophora forest.
Photo: QM

Photo of a water mouse
Water mouse.
Photo: QM

Online Chat with Queensland Museum scientists
Primary school students recently participated in a live online chat with scientists Steve Van Dyck and Heather Janetzki, as part of Science Week Celebrations on Education Queensland?s The Learning Place [new window].

They talked about how they conduct scientific research and gave some interesting insights into one of Australia's rarest mammals. Download transcript of online chat (September 2007) [new window 154 KB PDF Icon]

About Mangrove Challenge
Discover what Queensland Museum scientists know about the threats to Water Mouse survival, and watch rare footage of it foraging in the mangroves.

Try out the Mouse Maze. Answer the questions correctly, or you make too many moves, and the maze floods: That's your challenge.

Raising wrigglers
Use the methods of Queensland Museum's entomologists to 'raise' mosquitoes. Experiment with their eggs and larvae (wrigglers). Can local councils control mosquito breeding, without the environmental impacts of spraying for mosquitoes? Rate your home - are you part of the mosquito problem?

Mangrove Challenge: Water Mouse habitats
Find out what Dr Steve Van Dyck and Conservation Officer Derek Ball found when they surveyed for Water Mice in the mangroves of North Stradbroke Island and Mackay, north Queensland. Where does the Water Mouse live and feed in these mangroves? How do scientists explain the absence of the Water Mouse in habitats that seem suitable for them?

Mangrove Challenge: What's happening to our mouse?
More than five years ago, scientists Dr Van Dyck and Heather Janetzki started their study of Water Mouse populations in the mangroves of the Gold Coast. Now, there are no mice left. What threats to Water Mouse survival did these scientists see there?

Local area mangrove study: Extended Experimental Investigation (Biology)
Use the techniques of Queensland Museum scientists to investigate the condition of your local mangroves. You can use bio-indicator species such as crabs to gauge the effects of human impact on mangroves. What can be done to save these ecologically sensitive habitats?

Science Skills
Use the methods of scientists to conduct your own investigations. You can test to see if your local soils are acidic, or have the potential to form acid and become an environmental problem. Use evidence from counts of bio-indicator species such as crabs to assess the health of your mangroves. And, use the Key to the mangroves of Australia to describe your mangrove ecosystem using their leaves, stems and roots - characteristics you can see easily. Plant experts from the Queensland Herbarium and the Queensland Museum have developed this useful key.

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