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Climate Change and Wetlands

Scientists are learning how the Earth’s climate system works through observation, measurement and modeling. Through a series of hands-on biological and environmental learning experiences on the banks of Herdsman Lake, students conduct an investigation to examine human influence on wetland ecology within the context of Climate Change.

At the end of this learning experience students will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage: Students investigate Climate change; discuss what it is, what are greenhouse gases? How does human activity influence greenhouse gases? What greenhouse gases are found in wetlands?
  • Explore: Herdsman Lake wetland, Investigate the wetland food-web on a Swamp Safari. Record lake data on water pH, EC, temperature, water levels and sample macro-invertebrates. Collate classroom data. Present your results as a graph; reflect on the methods used to obtain your data.
  • Explain: Discuss influence of seasons, human activity, and climate. Explore the Swamp Harrier food pyramid; discuss the impact of global warming on Swamp Harrier numbers.
  • Elaborate: Compare and contrast traditional Nyungar land-use with current use in terms of impact on climate change.
  • Evaluate: Discuss your excursion experience. Is there evidence of human impact on Herdsman Lake? Explain. Post-visit: Research how humans may influence climate. What are ways humans can reduce their ecological footprint?