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The annual field trip is a large component of a second year ecology unit run by Macquarie University, and I was there as the plant science tutor. As well as vegetation pracs, the trip included pracs on bird communities, plant-dwelling invertebrates, benthic diatoms, fish communities and benthic invertebrates. It's the first time I've formally taught in biology, and just loved the experience. Out in the bush, there were plenty of snakes, including a Death adder, Acanthophis sp., one of the most venomous snakes in the world, but we made plenty of noise in the bush to keep them at bay. No students lost, happily.
|Pelagica, one of the university's research boats.
I didn't spend much time on our boat Pelagica, since my pracs were in the bush. But I did get to enjoy a boat trip on the final day.
My passion for terrestrial orchids grows unabated! Isn't this a cutey?
Red Beardy ground orchid
|A frequent visitor to the field station, a young male
Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Macropus giganteus.
|Lomandra confertifolia ssp. rubiginosa, a delicate sedge.
|An Australian Pelican, Pelicanus conspicillatus.
A beautiful place, and a fabulous field trip! Such diversity of species. Bliss.