More about national parks and feral animals

Stage 2 students are continuing their explorations into Australia’s national parks.

Australian National Parks

Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park, Rainforest Australia in HD

We have also been investigating the onging threat from feral animals in Australia, another threat to our national parks, farms and rural communities:

Australian Feral Camel Management Project 2013

Feral pig control

Another controversial issue is the suggestion that Australia’s marine parks, and “no take” fishing laws, be extended. Some excellent examples of persuasion here, from both sides of the debate.

60 Minutes – Marine parks in Australia

National parks: Crown of thorns starfish and cane toads

In Stage 2’s exploration of the HSIE unit, Australia’s national parks, we are looking at the problem of introduced species, feral animals and fragile ecosystems that become unbalanced.

Invasion Of The Deadly Cane Toads – Australia with Simon Reeve – BBC

Killing Star Fish to Save the Great Barrier Reef – Australia with Simon Reeve – BBC

Crown of thorns starfish Monster from the shallows trailer

Feral and introduced animals in national parks

Building upon last week’s exploration of feral cat eradication on Tasman Island, here is a Youtube video clip on Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina, which has a problem with introduced beavers, originally brought in to create a fur industry in 1946. Ushuaia is claimed to be the southernmost city in the world and now an important tourist center: the departure point for voyages to Antarctica.

Beagle Channel and Ushuaia National Park

More about national parks for Stage 2

This week, Stage 2 students are notetaking from the following Youtube videos about Australia’s national parks:

“Australian Wilderness Adventures”:

Cathedral Rock National Park, NSW (Part 1): To Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock National Park, NSW (Part 2): To Woolpack Rocks


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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory.
Note that this clip is not of Australian origin, so some pronunciations and terminology is incorrect. It has an excellent explanatory diagram of Uluru’s formation.

News Ltd’s “News Interactive”:

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park – Tasmania”: doco Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch Relay

“Australian Wilderness Adventures”:

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, NSW

This next clip is an example of persuasive text. The subject matter is an emotive one: the essential eradication of feral cats from a small island, which is a natural native bird sanctuary

Tasman Island Natural Values Restoration Project – removing feral cats