Friday, December 7, 2012

Marriners Lookout @ Apollo Bay

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Last day of volunteer field trip - Tree Planting Sunday.

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We made a mistake that Marriners Lookout was not the place that we should do for tree planting. Was supposed meet at Apollo Bay instead. I'm glad we went up to the lookout point as the scenery was beautiful and clearly looking all the landscape of Apollo Bay! 

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Less than half an hour return, completed the lookout walk.

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Process of tree planting

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The outcome

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With the local landcare group. Few of the students are from Korea and Taiwan. First time of knowing about it, they applied the volunteering program and travelled all the way to get involved with the current project. After couple of weeks of volunteering, they will travel by themselves around Australia and back to their home country continuing their studies. Though they are not studying course related to environment, instead of backpacking, perhaps this is one of the good options to travel in Australia. 

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Captured by one of the members. Yes, I saw whale on that day! Was so blown away when I heard that was the whale! But.. The whale doesn't really shown up except its tail though. Still pretty cool to watch its swim from beach side! 

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 2: Activities @ Otway Conservation Ecology Centre


28th July 2012 

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Greeted by this little doggy when we arrived. . 

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Weeding of invasive plants - that have been spreading rapidly and threatening eucalyptus that koalas feed on.

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Me-being forgetful! I purposely bought a pair of gloves and left it in the cabin. Hence, ready to get my hands dirty on with the soils. It leads me accidentally touching the kangaroo poos without any concerns. 

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We have to pull out all these invasive weeds. They are among the most serious threats to Australia's natural environment.  But it looks pretty though!

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Guess what we discovered during the invasive control. We found the koala skeletons! According to the man, he said that koala might be fell over from the tree and eaten by the fox? 

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All the koala skeletons were discovered in different areas.

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Speaking about the leech, this is my second time seeing the leech. Due to the rainy weather, leech is one of the things that hardly avoid and beware of them! 

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We were cutting the branches off the eucalyptus to feed the Koalas!

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Make sure pick the fresh leaves for the Koalas! Their favourite.  

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After having self-prepared lunch at Bimbi Park, we headed back to Ecology Centre to continue our work. 
We were removing barbed wire from fence to reduce wild animal injury! 


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Met the Vice President of the club, Michelle. Thanks for driving us all the way from Melbourne to Cape Otway which took 3-4 hours at the late night. 


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Endangered Tiger Quoll

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Looking at the dead rat, it gave me goosebumps!    

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When comes to evening, as the sky still bright, we decided quickly walk towards the Cape Otway Lighthouse from Bimbi Park as it said only 2km. Walked through the dairy farm with lots of cow poos which  we cant avoid stepping on it. Eventually we got lost in middle of nowhere. Thanks goodness, one of the club members had the experience of the Great Ocean Walk and she is good in direction. We managed to find our way to the Lighthouse,unfortunately it was closed!

I'm just that unlucky, first time went to Great Ocean Road, the lighthouse was under maintenance. Second time went to Cape Schank located in Mornington Peninsula, I missed the opening time to visit the lighthouse. This was the third time of missing the lighthouse again. 

While walking back to the Bimbi Park, we didn't really need a torch to guide the direction because the starlight and moonlight were so bright which we could see everything clearly. I never knew that moonlight can be so bright! Such an amazing experience.

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We also had quite dramatic night. While we were roasting the marshmallows, suddenly informed by a girl that one of them fainted in the kitchen while chatting with others. At first, the girl who informed us seems like joking by saying : "sheeeeee... Uhmm nothing" Then we laughed about it as we couldn't catch what she was trying to say or misunderstood. Second time, she came back and we knew something happened. To be frank, I was stunned as this was my first time seeing someone fainted and I have no idea what should I do to help her. Called the lady who in charge of operating the camp site here, she is the only who has the phone with reception to contact the ambulance. It was arrived within an hour, due to the fact that ambulance came all the way from the town (Apollo Bay) which requires about 30 minutes driving.  We have to sit besides her and keep talking non-stop in order to keep her awake but not fall asleep as the ambulance still not arrived yet. 

Glad that nothing serious happened on her. She fainted due to the low pressure of blood which caused by the leech, I guess. At this point, I feel like there are so many things to learn when comes to adventure trip and yet, I hope there is more opportunity for me to explore the nature to gain more experiences.