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June 30, 2009: Cook's Lake

Rs_mozzie The day started like the last couple, but 30 minutes earlier due to more walking and study of the local area around Cook's Lake, our research site. Whilst walking into the area we came across a baby porcupine and we all took a photo of this animal climbing up the tree, something I did not know until now that they where able to do. Then we stopped in the forest for a quick Q&A and study of a pair of animal skulls we found there. As we continued through the countryside, I was struck by the amount of water that surrounded us. I've just come from a whole country in drought, and the amount of water here would not only help us out but also fill our dams to a level not seen in a long time. While walking into this area we also came across a whitetail deer and a frog -- toad to the some of the people here -- also lots of baby mozzies. The ticks we came across were from the deer in the area. Our two groups competed with each other finding these parasites and dispatching them on the ride back to camp. Today will be the first day of real researching and setting traps and then placing them into the field where we hope to catch mice and voles.

Looks like the real work starts now. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading your comments daily. It really is a once in a life time experience so enjoy and learn.

Tony Smelter | Posted Wed 01 Jul 2009 8:45AM

Gidday Buddy,
Hope you're keeping warm enough over there as it's pretty chilly here, wish I was there with you on your big adventure you lucky devil. Take care and I'll see you when you get home mate.

Evan McDonald | Posted Thu 02 Jul 2009 7:11AM

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Paul Smelter, maintenance technician Pt Henry smelter, Victoria, Australia