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Waterbugs Higher Level Key

Use this key to identify bugs using the Agreed Level Taxonomy (ALT) method.

Some waterbugs are impossible to identify without a microscope, the best thing about ALT is that it uses features that are visible to the naked eye to identify macroinvertebrates.

For more info on ALT method, go to: thewaterbug.net

  • Fact sheet, Lower Secondary, Poster, Teacher, Upper Secondary, Water bugs,

Wetlands Habitat Activity Booklet

  • Catchments, Guide/activity booklet, Suitable age group, Teacher, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

How to enter data guide

This will help you to enter data into the website once you have been to site to collect it!

  • General, Guide/activity booklet, Teacher,
  • All Regions,

Who is your local Landcare group?

Landcare represents thousands of people across Victoria, working together to increase biodiversity and promote the sustainable management of land.

Find out what your local group is doing and how your River Detectives program might be able to link up with them.

To find your local group visit Landcare – if you scroll down you can look by group name or further down by a map.

 

  • Flora (plants), Group/organisation, Teacher, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

Salinity in our waterways poster

  • All, Poster, Salinity, Teacher, Water Science,
  • All Regions,

Exploring the world of waterbugs: How to run a waterbug session with kids

This video takes you through the key steps of how to sample and look for macroinvertebrates (waterbugs) with your kids! Priya makes it simple for you to take testing to your school.

Don’t forget to contact your local Catchment Management Authority to see if you can borrow some equipment to run the testing with your group.

  • Fauna (animals), Teacher, Type, Video, Water bugs,
  • All Regions,

Bug outlines

Use these bug outlines to colour in, put in their correct habitat, get student’s to write facts about them or investigate them!

  • Activity Sheet, Lower Primary, Suitable age group, Teacher, Topics, Type, Upper Primary, Water bugs,
  • All Regions,

Junior Landcare

Check out:

– where your local Junior Landcare group is

– how to get Landcare going in your school

– activity ideas (linked to the Australian curriculum)

– apply for grants

– how to guides for worm farms, frog ponds, enhancing habitats and more!

  • All, Catchments, Flora (plants), Teacher, Website,
  • All Regions,

Controlling carp fact sheet

Find out all about the FRDC’s plan for controlling carp – informative and interesting!

  • Catchments, Fact sheet, Fauna (animals), Teacher, Topics, Type, Upper Secondary, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

Salinity – fact sheet

Salinity refers to the movement and concentration of salt through the landscape. Find out more here!

  • Catchments, Fact sheet, Lower Secondary, Suitable age group, Teacher, Topics, Upper Secondary, Water Science, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

Algae fact sheet

What algae is that? Why is it there? Find out more here!

  • Lower Secondary, Suitable age group, Teacher, Upper Secondary,
  • All Regions,

Stormwater fact sheet

What is stormwater? What happens to it and what can we do to help protect our waterways?

  • Catchments, Fact sheet, Lower Secondary, Suitable age group, Teacher, Upper Secondary, Urban Water, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

Phosphorus – fact sheet

Find out about what causes phosphorus in a waterway.

  • Catchments, Fact sheet, Lower Secondary, Suitable age group, Teacher, Topics, Upper Secondary, Water Science, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

Habitats near a waterway – fact sheet

Find out about what the different habitats near a waterway are and the benefits of them!

  • Catchments, Lower Secondary, Teacher, Upper Secondary, Water Science, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

Woody Habitat Fact Sheet

Find out about what a woody habitat is, why it is there and what is being done to manage them.

  • Catchments, Fact sheet, Flora (plants), Lower Secondary, Teacher, Upper Secondary, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

FOAM fact sheet

Find about how and why foam occurs in waterways.

  • Catchments, Fact sheet, Lower Secondary, Teacher, Topics, Upper Secondary, Water Science, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

River Detectives Manual – North Central – **new version coming for all regions soon

Download the sections of the teachers manual to guide you through a range of topics relating to Catchment Health:

 

Introduction to River Detectives Manual; Water Science; Homely Habitats and Homely Habitats Diagram; Story of a River; Getting Froggy; Salt Watch Week; Stormwater; Macroinvertebrates (waterbugs); Making macroinvertebrates

 

 

  • Catchments, Fauna (animals), Flora (plants), Guide/activity booklet, Suitable age group, Teacher, Topics, Type, Urban Water, Water bugs, Water Science, Waterways,
  • All Regions, North Central CMA,

Is your school a Resource Smart School?

By being a part of River Detectives you should check your Biodiversity module to tick off some extra areas!

  • Catchments, Estuaries, Fauna (animals), Flora (plants), Suitable age group, Teacher, Topics, Type, Waterways, Website,
  • All Regions,

Action in the Catchment (Field Manual)

A guide to water quality testing and sampling – full of lots of information to  guide you!

 

Get your School Field Manual now!

  • Catchments, Guide/activity booklet, Teacher, Water Science, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

Games all about the river!

Find some game ideas to run with your class with bits and pieces ideas sheet!

  • Catchments, Guide/activity booklet, Teacher, Waterways,
  • Corangamite CMA,

Stormwater education

Stormwater Manual – activities, information and worksheets

  • Catchments, Guide/activity booklet, Teacher, Urban Water,
  • All Regions,

Fresh and Salty Booklet

You might want to look at salinity at anytime of the year, but we have a close look at Salinity in May and invite you to as well. Look at the booklet below and even watch the ‘Fresh and Salty’ video too!

Booklet of Activities

  • Guide/activity booklet, Salinity, Teacher, Water Science, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

Macro Sweep Sample

How do I run a sweep sample for my students?

 

FInd out how to sweep sample now!

  • Fauna (animals), Guide/activity booklet, Teacher, Water bugs, Waterways,
  • Corangamite CMA,

City of Geelong- Stormwater Manual

Activities all about stormwater in Geelong!

Get your local stormwater manual now to guide your lessons in  the classroom.

  • Guide/activity booklet, Teacher, Urban Water,
  • Corangamite CMA,