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July 10, 2009: Final field day

Team_photo Today we head off to a Provincial Park named Thomas Raddall where we again put our skills to the test. But before we leave to do this we have a meeting to collate our results from this week. We have come up with some strange results: a lack of mice and voles compared to past teams doing this. One of the reasons for this might be the climate at this time of year, cooler than in the past. Now back to the park where we have lunch first, then set off in teams of four to walk around and look for sightings, prints and other signs. The teams come up with deer, chipmunk, raccoon, mink, snowshoe hare, porcupine and seals. Overall this has been a rewarding experience, but low in count of mammals. If this is due to climate change, only time and more research will tell.
Hopefully Alcoa can continue to assist Earthwatch in this way, letting more of its workers help with projects not only in Canada and other countries. As we wrap up this experience, I'd like to say a big thankyou to our team leaders Dr Chris Newman & Dr Christina Beusching and their pet dog Lykos, for teaching us the skills to aide us on this trek. Hopefully when I return to Australia, these skills can be used to count mammals there. Also, I'm lookingf gorward to passing on what I've learnt here to others at work and the local community and schools. By doing this I will be doing my part in helping continue and fruther this important envrionmental research.

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