A day in the outdoor office

One day, the team from the Quinkan Bush Blitz made plant collections on a traverse from the top of this sandstone plateau through a rainforest gully and emerged onto the flats of the upper Mosman River. The view from the front of the chopper showed us what we were in for – I’m glad we’d […]

More visitors to the Quinkan lab

A day after our school visit, the Quinkan Bush Blitz lab was thrown open to the community to share our work and finds so far. More than thirty locals enjoyed a sumptuous barbecue at the Laura Roadhouse, chatting with the scientists and enlightening us about the special country on which we are fortunate enough to be […]

Bush Blitz scientists go back to school

See how our scientists go when they are asked to go – “back to school”. Nine Laura State School students and three teaching staff shared their wonder for nature, hunger for learning and contagious enthusiasm with the Bush Blitz scientists during field collecting and a visit to the lab. After each of the scientists explained what […]

Quinkan Bush Blitz underway

At this time of year, it’s hot and sticky in Quinkan country near Laura in Cape York. Collecting in the wet season has really paid off, as the trying conditions mean that few have attempted to collect during this time of lush growth and abundant water. The sandstone plateau, basalt peaks and often waterfall-fed gullies […]

Bush Blitz TeachLive – engaging high school students in science

The future of conservation depends on the skills and tools of science teachers. High school teacher Keith Martin-Smith argues that field trips, real and virtual, are pivotal to engaging students. In a beautiful article written for the well known Wildlife Australia Magazine, Keith Martin-Smith from Hobart Tasmania, talks about engaging his students in meaningful way and his experience as […]