Elizabeth Phillips | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
“Learning more about an iconic Australian animal”
The koala is probably one of Australia's most recognisable animals, yet it is also largely unknown and misunderstood. Before I joined this Earthwatch expedition I had never seen a koala in the wild! Not only did I see (and hear) lots of koalas -- often at very close quarters -- on this expedition, I also learned a lot more about their habits and habitat.
The experiences of our koala populations vary a great deal around the country; in the Cape Otway region, where this expedition is held, the koalas are plentiful, but this has major impacts on the environment. On this expedition you may participate in population counts, density surveys, tree-health assessments, radio-tracking, behaviour and climate moitoring, and more.
Our accommodation was really great and very comfortable. The meals that we all helped to prepare were delicious and filling. We enjoyed a friendly and communal atmosphere both in the field and in the evenings. The expertise and helpfulness of the scientific team and the Earthwatch representative was fantastic.
What I love about Earthwatch is that the work you do as a volunteer contributes directly to the ongoing scentific research. This build on the scientific and wider community's knowledge and helps governments to make informed decisions. Your contribution, in both money and time, makes a real difference.
I thoroughly recommend this expedition. I understand a lot more about koalas through my participation, and I have lots of very cute photos!