(Mark Conboy at an early morning demonstration of mist netting and bird banding.)
This is the last full day for Canadian students at QUBS, also the last day of the course. Chinese students will stay here for another week before the course is finished. After an early wake up at 5:30, we set out for Cow Island for bird watching at 6:00. Dawn is the best time of the day for bird watching; usually this activity should begin preparing before it, so actually we are not so early. Our guide is Mark Conboy, who is quite proficient in bird natural history. In between a couple of trees and bushes, we set up a mist net, near the border of the island in wet soil. Our purpose of setting a capture net is to closely observe some birds particularly apparent those of this marshy region. However, even with recorded birds songs playing for half an hour, and with several of them hanging around for a while in the trees (Common Yellowthroat, Black and white Warbler), those birds come to the net. It is one of the hardest time if the year for bird watching, that is late summer, when the breeding is completed for most birds; what’s more, when winter is coming and spring has gone that migrating birds are probably not here. After that we finished breakfast at around 8:00. Steve gave a talk on bird diversity, which partially compensated the dearth of birds in early morning. Around twelve of us went to do two additional wetlands assessment near QUBS, using GPS mapping and various water assessment devices before lunch. The others stay in the lodge to clean and talk about activities we had these days. We visited Gananoque, a town near Kingston on the river bank of St. Lawrence River. On board at 15:00, we then took a tour on the river around 1000 Islands. The landscape of this river is quite different from Yangtze in China. Despite better water quality, there are many islands in the middle of rivers, the topography is plain with hills, comparing to our tour in Yangtze where mountains and cliffs are distinct and the river course is narrow and severe. As the boats goes, wetlands at intervene between water bodies and lands are found everywhere on St. Lawrence, unfortunately the natural correspond landscape in upper Yangtze is covered by the stored water of the Three Gorges Dam forever.
(Assessing water chemistry.)
After dinner at QUBS we spent 2 hours finishing the map of Canadian puzzles before camp fire party (we talked into mid night around the fire at the lake), and this will be a memory kept of QUBS for this field course and all of us. The day finished when there are only a couple of hours left before daybreak, marked the final goodbye tomorrow. Bon voyage, everyone!
(Island cottage on the St. Lawrence River near Gananoque.)
今天是加拿大同学在我们课程的最后一天，也是夹杂着兴奋和伤感的一天。 早上刚天亮我们就开始了今天特殊的行程……6:00大家简单地填了下肚子就到了奶牛岛. Mark叫我们认识到了一个新鲜的捕鸟工具——捕鸟网，这是个简单的捕鸟工具，由两根金属杆和几根线和一张网构成，但它对捕捉体积小的鸟也是非常有用的。最备好网后大家几乎是摈弃凝神在一旁耐心的等待，可遗憾的是近一个小时的等待我们还是没有机会看到捕到鸟，Mark说这可能是因为时间和天气的原因，我们因该早点起床做好准备，这样看到机会就大很多了，后来Mark跟我们讲述了调查鸟的方法：用一个有数字标记的小圈套在捕回的鸟腿上，这样又便于做分析。另外还给我们介绍了两本有关于鸟类的书籍，这是学习鸟分类的必备。捕鸟归来，早饭后Steve给我们讲了一堂生动的“湿地鸟类多样性”课，虽然我们了解的有限，但大家还是充满了兴趣。午饭前我们一行14人还分别去了两个湿地，那儿不如奶牛岛大，但是这儿却又不同的湿地结构，这也让我们了解不少。
Blue-spotted salamander captured by Kimberly in one last field trip after dinner.下午我们13:30便坐上了去千岛湖的公车，一路歌声，我们到了目的地，这儿水绕近千于座小岛是个非常漂亮的地方。我们在船上一路感叹，这辈子最大的梦想就是能在千岛湖上买上一座小岛有自己的一栋小木屋，一艘小皮艇，每天能坐皮艇畅游千岛湖，甲板上手拿一杯啤酒享受这儿温暖的阳光……让我们感触最大的还是这儿清澈几乎见底的湖水，在船上我们能感受到湖风迎面而来的畅快，能感受到同海鸥一起翱翔的自在，这种人与自然地和谐让我们感动不已，对比在长江航行的几天，我们有不得不感叹，这种自然地意识是我们保护自然，和谐共处的必要。游完湖后我们参观了加大诺克小镇，这是个很有特色的小镇，每栋居民区楼都是一个美丽的风景，更重要的是，我们看到了这儿教堂，这种我只在电影里看到的景象，一种简单而富有艺术气息的建筑让我们深深地折服。 晚上，我们的告别晚会。饭后，大家齐心协力拼好了那张1000块的加拿大地图拼图，看着那个我们陌生却又熟悉的国家大家心中也充满了感动。21:00我们开始了令人兴奋的篝火晚会。令很多中国学生新奇的居然还真的有烤棉花糖，不过还真的很好吃。坐在湖边听着蛙声，左手一瓶啤酒右手一只树枝烤着棉花糖，还真是一大趣事。大家道别，没有泪水有的只是欢乐的记忆。 最后一天，我们依然欢笑度过，我想这是我们以用难忘的记忆。
(Making the 1000-piece puzzle of Canada map after dinner, to be signed by all!)
(Finished and signed puzzle.)