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Fighting the fire ant – As a citizen scientist – Years 9-12 (Stage 5, Stage 6, Teacher, Parent)

On Demand
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
  • Impact on the society, environment, agriculture and our culture
  • How DNA testing is being used to identify the state of origin of the ants in NSW
  • How to report sightings
  • How to get involved as a citizen scientist in fire ant prevention


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand (available until: 31-Dec-2025 11:59PM)

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


40 Minutes





Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Science and Tech » Living World 7-10

Other KLAs

Science and Tech » Biology

Science and Tech » Agriculture

Joining The Event

Technology and Materials Requirements

Mandatory technology requirements:

  • Computer,
  • Internet access

Pre Event Requirements

Use the worksheet and answer guide for students to answer whilst listening to the webinar. Download it from: https://www.nswdpi-schools-program.com/fireants-secondary

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/

NSW Department of Education

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