AJWCEF Collaborative Project - Study Tour

AJWCEF Collaborative Project - Study Tour
Yokohama Science Frontier High School  Australia Study Tour
Date: January 17 ~ 22, 2016

Moreton Bay Research Station (University of Queensland’s Marine Research Facility)

We conducted a science camp focusing on the observation and research of marine life and theysfh_stradbrokeir surrounding environment at the Moreton Bay Research Station located on North Stradbroke Island.

We surveyed the rocky shores and created general distribution maps of the wildlife inhabiting a fixed area. Through this practical exercise, the students were able to understand the importance of getting accurate data by repeatedly surveying the area a number of times using an objective method.

The students received a lecture from UQ guest lecturer Rob Price about the ecology of the sea turtles living in the Moreton Bay area and were able to gain a deeper understanding of the environmental problems threatening the sea turtle’s way of life.

We did a survey where we identified and photographed all the species of fish and wildlife caught when we dragged a net by hand from the shore in to the sea. (All wildlife and fish caught during the Seine Netting activity were released back into the ocean after identification). Rob gave a lecture about the ecology of the fish we caught and we learned about the diversity of Australian marine life and the conservation methods of fish. We also used microscopes to do observational studies of plankton and observed marine life such as manta rays, squids and dolphins on a 2km trekking course along the coast.

 

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Moggill Koala Hospital

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We visited the Moggill Koala Hospital, which is operated by the Queensland State Government. At the hospital, injured and diseased koalas are admitted, treated and rehabilitated in order to return them back to the wild. We were given a tour of the inside of the facilities and a lecture from the hospital director. We found out that the people in charge of finding, transporting, treating and rehabilitating injured koalas were almost entirely locally trained volunteers. We realised that currently in Australia, the people had a high sense of awareness regarding wildlife conservation and were making efforts to co-exist with wildlife.