The Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program recently visited Woree and Gordonvale State High Schools to deliver senior biology classes on yellow crazy ants.
Students learned about the threats yellow crazy ants pose to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, as well as eradication and identification techniques.
Activities included the use of dichotomous keys—guides to assist species identification—to identify specimens using microscopes.
The presentation and activities linked directly with the Australian curriculum and provided students with an insight into real-world science applications and a chance to chat with our field officers about the rewards of a career in science.
Thanks to both schools for hosting the team, and we look forward to visiting again soon!
The control of yellow crazy ant infestations in and adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.