The IEEC team had the pleasure of Woonona HS Year 11 Biology and Senior Science students' company for a recent two day camp.
The students had a wonderful first hand introduction to the mangroves of Minnamurra River by way of a canoe and kayaking trip.
Students' fieldwork required students to identify and describe key plant and animal species of the mangroves and adjacent salt marsh ecosystems. Data was then collected using quadrats to compare and contrast the abundance of plant and animal species in the mangroves and salt marsh.
This data and analysis was used to formulate hypotheses to inspire further investigation of why do the mangroves occur within the intertidal zone. Hypotheses were tested using a belt transects along which biotic and abiotic factors were measured.
Students will need to go to the IEEC website to access background information, an electronic version of the workbook, excel spreadsheet for charting data, student work samples and an album of images about the mangroves.
Huge thank you and congratulations to Woonona HS YEar 11. We hope you enjoy the photos and should you have questions re your assessment task please post these on the blog and we will get back to you.