Ibis Invasion

Secondary KLA:
Science
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12

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This ABC In Depth feature article describes research on Australian white ibis - or 'tip turkeys' as many call them. They are regarded as a nuisance in cities, especially in the spring breeding season. But scientists fear they may become extinct as more pressure is put on the wetlands that are their native and adopted environments. An excellent example of the interaction of biotic and abiotic features of an environment and some effects of drought.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC4-14LW) relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction

(SC4-15LW) explains how new biological evidence changes people's understanding of the world

(SC5-14LW) analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems

(SC5-15LW) explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU111) There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity

(ACSSU112) Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions

(ACSHE223) Science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas across the disciplines of science

(ACSHE121) Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management

(ACSIS130) Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions

(ACSSU176) Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems

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Resource type:
Text
ScOT topics:
Animal behaviour
File type:
text/html
Language/s:
en-AU
Author:
ABC - Scribbly Gum
Publisher:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Resource ID: 3c2ebad5-80c5-4636-be79-7d5100adb2ad