Day two, something new!
As part of day two of my Bush Blitz experience, I got taught a number of new collection techniques used by different scientists. The day started off a 6.30am, where we went to check our Elliot traps and wire cages. Groote Eylandt is one of the last places that has a stable population of Northern quolls, as seen in our trap below. Scientists were hoping to catch a fake antechinus which could then be genetically tested to explore if there are any differences between mainland and island antechinus. As the quolls were not the target species, we had lots of fun filming slo mo releases of the Northern quolls.
After a brief breakfast at base camp, we travelled out via helicopter to two research sites. At the first research site, I partnered with a bug expert who showed me how to use a beater, beater sheet and pooter to collect bug specimens, as seen below. Moving between the research sites, it was amazing to look down on the untouched habitat that makes up most of Groote Eylandt. At the second research site, I partnered with flora experts who showed me how to collect plant specimens and press them. The flower species seen below were just a few of the many species collected today. Lastly, this afternoon, we went to reset our traps from this morning. Traps need to be closed during the day so animals can't get trapped in them and overheat. After reading today's blog, I hope you have a new found appreciation for what scientists do!