The five-lined skinks (Xinyi, Jiang, Erin)
Hello again! Today was a whirlwind of a day, filled with local celebrities and trail blazing adventures.
Our day started off with a visit from the local MP, Ted Hsu. As blooming biologists, this was our chance to express our concerns regarding the research budget cuts by the federal government and to show our personal appreciation for this research facility and the opportunities it provides to encourage international collaboration. We were also graced by the presence of several members of the Kingston Chinese association, who were excited to meet and chat with our Chinese students. They also brought some of their delicious homemade Chinese food! This was a great opportunity for QUBS and everyone on the field course to reach out to the community and show their support to this wonderful area. To escape the afternoon heat, many of us jumped into Lake Opinicon for a quick dip before our next group activity.
We then tried our hand out at Geocaching, and perfected our wilderness navigation skills using a GPS, with the goal of finding the locations of the coordinates where flags and questions were hidden. The goal was to complete the course in the fastest time, while answering all questions correctly. After running in a few circles and retracing our steps, we managed to complete the task… we are keeping our fingers crossed for a victory!
Our day ended with a hearty dinner and three more student seminars. We look forward to starting our wetland assessments tomorrow, where we will be getting our feet wet (literally!) in some real field work!