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Species discovery on Groote Eylandt: Teachers, Rangers, Researchers

24 June 2021

Earthwatch has awarded five Northern Territory teachers a fully funded TeachLive Fellowship to be part of the Bush Blitz expedition on Groote Eylandt. 

TeachLive is Earthwatch's transformative professional development program for Teachers.  This week, teachers are working alongside scientists and taxonomists from the Northern Territory Herbarium, Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory, Australia Musuem, and University of New South Wales, and the Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers.

Bush Blitz is Australia's largest species discovery program, aiming to document the plants and animals of Australia. So much of the flora and fauna of Australia is not yet discovered by science.  In this Bush Blitz TeachLive expedition, science, maths and geography teachers are immersed in the scientific expedition on Groote Eylandt as Research Assistants, where they are gaining field work experience and scientific skills that they then teach 'live' back to their classrooms. The Teachers are also blogging their experiences.  

You can follow Northern Territory Teachers and their experiences on the Earthwatch Teacher Blog here

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Anindilyakwa Land & Sea Rangers are working alongside the researchers and teachers to document the species of Groote Eylandt. 

Teachers are being put to work by setting traps, collecting specimens, and working in the lab, and then sharing their new found knowledge with their classes via TeachLive and blog posts. 

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Together, the Rangers, Teachers, and Researchers are making an extraordinary contribution to the protection of our country’s natural heritage.

Bush Blitz is a partnership between the Australian Government, Earthwatch and BHP.

Thank you to the Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers for showing us their Country.