The Little Aussie Bush Babies

This delightful rhyming story about Australian animals is ideal for young children and parents, carers and teachers who wish to teach children about Australia’s unique and wonderful environment.

Written by Dawn Hawthorn Jackson and illustrated by Jan Finlayson

Available now for order from Emu Consulting 

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Pinky and Peet – Introducing young people to our little Aussie bush lizards

Pinky-and-Peet-featureOnly recently re-discovered, this little lizard has been the focus of many dedicated volunteers in the wilds of South Australia!

Written by Dawn Hawthorn Jackson and illustrated by Jan Finlayson

Available now from Emu Consulting, read more here



Fact Sheets

Interview with Major Sumner, A Ngarrindjeri Elder


Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshop August 2014

Desert Detective Day 2011


Media Releases

Be a Desert Detective Free Family Fun Day


Ecology For Kids Day

Scientific Papers

Some cautions in the use of citizen science: a case study of urban insect collection

The engagement of volunteers to collect scientific information (citizen science) is a powerful tool for gathering biodiversity information and for achieving environmental education objectives. Here we describe an intervention designed to enhance participant understanding of insects in ecosystems. We did this by involving them as citizen scientists to collect insects on traps and by providing them with enriching information about insects. We also evaluated the use of citizen scientists for the collection of insect biodiversity data. Despite targeted recruitment around a focal site (a constructed urban wetland), participants were spread throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area, a result of the most successful recruitment method being through electronic communication via social media. Use of paper flyers was ineffective. Surveys before and after the intervention demonstrated some enhancement of knowledge and understanding of insect roles in ecosystems, with participants nominating the insect trapping and subsequent information sheet being their primary sources of new information. However, participants largely appeared to have an existing interest in ecosystems and the environment, reducing our ability to improve understanding and attitudes in the community. Volunteer deployment of sticky traps proved successful in gaining new insect community data and shows promise for future use.

Teaching Resources

Pygmy bluetongue lizard facts

Pinky and Peet questions for pre-schoolers

Pinky and Peet primary school teaching notes

Appendices to support primary school teaching notes