Culinary antics

ROASTED ants were offered to Catholic College Sale year seven students on Wednesday as a pre-lunch snack.

Some of the students remarked that the insects tasted like Vegemite.

The environmental education field day was hosted at the Heart Morass Restoration Project site by Bug Blitz, in conjunction with Landcare and Field and Game Australia.

Students learned about the biodiversity of the local habitat, with two rotational timetables to accommodate the 166 students.

Students engaged in a range of activities, including bird spotting, leaf identification, bone tracking and water quality testing.

They learned about macroinvertebrates, landscape art, wetlands restoration, sustainable energy and rapid biodiversity.

Bug Blitz representative Erin Nowak said the field day was about getting students outdoors to learn about and appreciate nature.

“It’s about getting children out into the natural environment to learn about biodiversity,” Ms Nowak said.

“We had hands on learning, including using microscopes, GPS and binoculars.”

Student Taylen Griffiths spent part of the day searching for bones using a GPS to navigate his path.

Taylen said the activity was fun but challenging because some of the bones were spread far apart.

“I found horse skulls, they were just sitting above the surface,” he said.

“We also found a kangaroo pelvis bone. I figured out that a GPS can get you back to where you started and I learned that bones don’t dissolve like flesh.”

For more information about Bug Blitz, visit www.bugblitz.com.au.