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Fighting the fire ant – As a citizen scientist – Years 4-8 (Stage 3, Stage 4, Teacher, Parent)

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Join this session to learn how to get involved as a citizen scientist to identify, report and protect NSW from the Red imported fire ant.


Red imported fire ants (fire ants) are invasive exotic ants that have been detected in Murwillumbah in northern NSW (November 2023). Before this, fire ants were not known to occur in NSW.
Fire ants are very aggressive ants that give very painful, severe stings that feel like being on fire. Fire ants have the potential to inhabit more than 99% of Australia.  Fire ants can damage electrical and agricultural equipment, pets and livestock, kill native plants and animals, and damage ecosystems beyond repair. They will have disastrous consequences for our environment, society, culture and economy if they become established.
Join this session to hear from a DPI ant specialist to learn:
  • How to identify Red imported fire ants
  • How to identify fire ant mounds
  • How to report sightings
  • Impact on the society, environment, agriculture and our culture
  • How to get involved as a citizen scientist in fire ant prevention


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Event Details

Date & Time

  08-Dec-2023    12:00PM   + Google Calendar  + iCal Export

Event Type

Live Event - Scheduled

Delivery Platform



30 Minutes





Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Science and Tech » Working Scientifically and Design and Production » Living World

Other KLAs

Science and Tech

Science and Tech

Will This Event Be Recorded?


If you have any questions regarding the recorded content please contact the provider.

Name: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Phone: 02 6391 3057

Email: [email protected]

Joining The Event

Technology and Materials Requirements

Mandatory technology requirements:

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Microcphone for questions

Pre Event Requirements

Please send your questions to [email protected] prior to the webinar starting. We will attempt to ask all questions throughout the live session.

Please join the event 5 mins prior to start time.

Please leave your camera off unless requested by the DPI presenters.

The event will be recorded and made available on DART on-demand after the live session.

Any antisocial behaviour will result in attendees being removed from the session.

Post Event Requirements

For supplementary Primary and Secondary science classroom resources and information on conducting fire ant surveillance in your school and community go to: https://www.nswdpi-schools-program.com/fire-ants-2023



More Information About This Event

Find the NSW DPI Schools Programs’ whole suite of learning resources, careers promotion, student events and Teacher Professional Development opportunities at:  https://www.nswdpi-schools-program.com/


If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Phone: 02 6391 3057

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.nswdpi-schools-program.com/

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