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Urban Biodiversity and the City of Sydney

Biodiversity is a crucial factor in the environmental, social and cultural health of a city. Biodiversity in the City of Sydney’s area has declined because of urban development – buildings and roads have taken away some of the habitat that used to provide a home for plants and animals. However, there are ways we can vastly increase the numbers of plants and animals and improve their diversity in our City. The City of Sydney is working with the Australian Museum to develop an Urban Ecology Strategic Action Plan.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 23 Dec 2010

Should we celebrate Australia Day?

On the 23rd January 2011, at 2.30pm, the Museum will host an Australia Day Debate. You can listen to our speakers, Sam Watson and Nigel Parbury, debate whether the 26th January is the most appropriate date to celebrate our national identity. You will also have the opportunity to ask them your own questions. 

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: At The Museum, Date: 23 Dec 2010

What is From the Floor?

From the Floor is a blog all about the programs we run at the Museum's College Street site.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: At The Museum, Date: 23 Dec 2010

In the news - December

A couple of interesting news stories have raised the interest of the exhibitions and web teams over the last few days - Dinosaurs, and Drop Bears.

By: Michael Harvey , Category: At The Museum, Date: 22 Dec 2010

Australia Day Debate in January 2011

On the 23rd January 2011, at 2.30pm, the Museum will host an Australia Day Debate. You can listen to the speakers, Sam Watson and Nigel Parbury, debate whether the 26th January is the most appropriate date to celebrate our national identity. You will also have the opportunity to ask them your own questions.

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 20 Dec 2010

Breeding of Fraser's Rainforest Snail

Slightly larger than a Common Garden Snail, Fraser's Rainforest Snail, Sphaerospira fraseri, is a native species of land snail that inhabits wet forested habitat of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. Very little of its natural history is known, except that it feeds on fungi and rotting vegetation. By keeping and breeding this species in captivity the Australian Museum are reducing the need for wild snails to be collected for display. The following paper was written to describe the breeding events and the details of the species captive care at the Australian Museum.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 17 Dec 2010

Koori Art Expressions exhibition launch

The Koori Art Expressions exhibition was launched by dignitaries at the Australian Museum on the 1st December 2010. The exhibition will be open until 31st January 2011.

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 14 Dec 2010

Green Turtle demolishes BBQ area

A Green Turtle has laid her eggs in the middle of the Research Station's beach barbecue area.

By: Dr Anne Hoggett, Category: Science, Date: 14 Dec 2010

Two bark paintings on loan at MCA exhibition

Two bark paintings from the Australian Museum’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection are currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay in Sydney at the overview exhibition of work by Bardayal ‘Lofty’ Nadjamerrek AO.

By: Melanie van Olffen, Category: Science, Date: 14 Dec 2010

Museum Mystery of the Week!

Can you guess what our obscure looking museum exhibit is in 'Museum Mystery of the Week'?

By: Ella Minton, Category: At The Museum, Date: 13 Dec 2010