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Explore Wild Backyards. Watch and listen to three digital stories in which experts explain what they did to attract wildlife to their backyards in Brisbane, Roma and Innisfail.
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Plan a study

Plan a study. Use the Backyard Explorer resources which include dozens of activities about biodiversity assessments, insect collection and identification, digital story making and ways to observe wildlife close to home.

Collect Insects

Collect insects. View explanatory videos that show how to set up and use Malaise traps and Pitfall traps and use Beating and Netting techniques.

Noel Starick

Display Insects. Entomologist Noel Starick talks about the correct techniques for pinning insects such as butterflies, grasshoppers and beetles.

Identify Insects

Identify insects. Use an interactive key to indentify insects and invertebrates. A video on Hints on Identifying Insects will help you.


Summarise Data. Examine data collation tools, spreadsheets and an explanatory video that make this task easy.

Find out more about Animals of Queensland on the Queensland Museum website.

Curriculum areas: Mid-Upper Primary, Middle School Science, Technology, ICTs and English (Essential Learnings Year 7, 8 & 9: Science Life and Living, English and Technology), Australian Science Curriculum, (Biological Sciences Year 4, 5, 6, 7 & 9), Senior Biology (Key Concepts 3-5; Key Ideas 4, 7, 9, 11-16, 20, 21, 26).

The Wild Backyards Project Room on Education Queensland's Learning Place supports schools who wish to conduct biodiversity studies using the Backyard Explorer learning resource. Contact us if your school wishes to join this project.

Date Uploaded: April 2008. Date Modified: August 2011

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