Students enthralled by scientists

Scientists from Australia’s biggest nature discovery project recently visited Timber Creek School, enthusing students with information about the Victoria River region plants and animals.

Based at the Bradshaw Field Training Area north-west of Timber Creek, the 15 scientists recorded known flora and fauna and searched for new species.

Timber Creek and Bulla Camp School students learned about different insects, birds, reptiles and plants in a shared learning experience.

The students were engaged by the scientists’ local knowledge, their promotion of exploration and discovery, and the responsible management of the land and waters.

They were introduced to electro-fishing and other species collection techniques, witnessed snake wrangling, and had a close encounter with a large spider.Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission rangers also visited the school, bringing a freshwater crocodile and sharing their knowledge of bush medicines.

A student examines a specimen collected by a Bush Blitz scientist