(WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO)
“SPINELESS WONDERS aims to demonstrate animal biodiversity as it really is”
This revealing pie graph is fundamental to our philosophy, indeed it serves as a general guide to the typical ratios of the major faunal groups just about anywhere on vegetated land. It informs and influences the way we generally teach, the way we plan our travel, the way we operate our business, and the way we plan our future.
A COMMENT FROM DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
If we and the back boned animals were to disappear overnight the rest of the world would get on pretty well, but if they (the invertebrates) were to disappear the lands eco-system would collapse. The soil would lose its fertility, many of the plants would no longer be pollinated, lots of animals the amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals would have nothing to eat and our fields and pastures would be covered with dung and carrion. These small creatures are within a few inches of our feet wherever we go on land, but often they are disregarded. We would do very well to remember them.
Life in the Undergrowth
Each presentation is a fresh and unique opportunity for children to see magnificent invertebrates that they are unlikely to have seen alive. Children are left with memorable experiences after participating in the presentation which combines humour, fact and myth with world class wildlife photography, still displays and the resoundingly successful hands-on component.
David is a prolific wildlife photographer. Browse through hundreds of spectacular images of wildlife unique to the Australasian region. These are the foundation image pool for two book projects, ‘A Closer Look at South East Asian Rainforests’ and ‘A Closer Look at Austropapuan Rainforests’. Images are continually being uploaded when time allows.
Thank you again David for yet another amazing presentation. The children, staff and parents have all been expressing their gratitude and singing your praises for a brilliant informative experience!! You have inspired my children. I can?t wait to see what projects will come of their experience!
I just wanted to thank you once again for your two days at St Michaels school. The staff and children have been giving me fantastic feedback and loved the incursion. Many comments about your organisation and control of the children also.
Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the brilliant presentations. I thought that you gave such a wonderful delivery of a subject that is close to all children’s hearts. They were so engaged. I hope that our teachers learned something about how to convey enthusiasm, energy and how to engage your audience.
I thought that it was really outstanding.
I have had heaps of positive feedback from the teachers about the presentations – all have said very worthwhile and they are already talking about getting the Science Committee to subsidise the costs for ‘next time’
Thank you for a fabulous presentation. You are doing a great job helping children learn about their world.
The children (and staff) absolutley LOVED the incursion yesterday!! I will be in touch with you again next term to organise a time to meet with David and see the posters he has of WA insects. I know that my colleague will be eager to see these also and she is on Long Service Leave at the moment.?