The youngsters have been taking part in an ongoing My Place project run by the local Bournda Environmental Education Centre in New South Wales.
The students have collated data about their various sightings on the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness database online and have been creating interactive posters to map out where exactly they spot the animals.
The school’s teaching principal Roz Bannon says the students have seen a range of different species including a noisy friarbird, kookaburras, Australian magpies, crimson rosellas and a brown snake skin.
“We’ve also got a small wildlife forest area, it’s about half an acre down the bottom of our school,” Bannon shares. “We put a camera with an infrared sensor in there overnight to film any wildlife and it took a photo of a fox which was pretty exciting! The kids were pretty excited about that and it made us realise there are feral animals as well, and that was something we have to be aware of.”
Bannon says it’s not uncommon to see the students with binoculars in hand in the schoolyard as they’re always keen to continue to add to the database and record their findings.
As a natural extension to this project, the children are working to design a suitable environmental habitat for the wildlife, before trying to create that environment in the school grounds.
Bannon says the hope is that there will be three separate groups who will be responsible for different projects. One group will be creating nesting boxes, another group will attempt to create a frog environment and the last group will make a lizard-friendly habitat.
“The plan is to create these habitats and then do some study afterwards to see if we’ve actually been successful in our quest to attract wildlife to our school community environment,” Bannon says.