Bush Blitzed

Well, it’s the final morning of our expedition. I have had such a wonderful time on Bush Blitz Teach Live. I feel so privileged that I got the opportunity to work with some amazing scientists from around Australia. The knowledge and skills these guys have is astounding and it has been an absolute joy to learn from them.

Arachnology - The 8 legged creepy crawly

Today I headed out with the arachnologists to check and collect the spider pit fall traps from several sites. Pitfall traps for spiders were a lot smaller than the ones the herpetologists used. They were a large Chinese take-away container, dug into the rocky ground. The traps were half filled with ethylene glycol with a drop of dishwashing detergent added (what do you think is the point of adding the dishwashing detergent?) If any spiders or insects landed in the trap they would die instantly.

Community Day in Timber Creek

Today ended up being slightly more exciting than anticipated. More on that soon.

Timber Creek School is a small rural school with around 60 students enrolled, most of which are indigenous to the area. They range from transition (4 year old kinder/foundation) to around year 8. From around year 7, students will generally move to a boarding school away from their families where they have the opportunity to continue their education. We were also joined by

Learning about Plants

Woke up at 5am this morning at the homestead, went to go to the bathroom and Oh M Gee there was a frog in the toilet! Unsure of what is correct protocol in this situation I stood staring at the frog for several minutes pondering what my next move would be. Should I pretend I

Searching for Threatened Species

Yesterday we piled in the truck with our sleeping bags, pillow, daypack and safety gear (including 10+ litres of water). It took about an hour for us to reach the old homestead where we would be staying, which gave us plenty of time to discuss with Sandra our target animals, how and why their numbers have changed over the last several decades and the significance of her research.

Frog Girl and Snake Boy

Today started at 7am after a quick breakfast I headed out with Jodi and Dane (Frog-girl and Snake-boy) to check the pit fall traps. These were set up at the start of the expedition and consist of a large plastic bucket that has been dug into the Earth so that it’s rim is level with the ground and there is a piece of netting that runs across the ground, over the top of the bucket.

The Search for Species

Last night after dinner I got to go out with the herpetologists. The what?... the people that study reptiles and amphibians. We drove along the dirt roads at around 35km/hr looking for any snakes, lizards, gecko’s, frogs or anything we could find that was remotely interesting. At several points along the road we got out of the truck, armed with only our camera and our blazing head torches, searching for species.

First Impressions Count

Well, I finally arrived safe and sound at Bradshaw. This is an area that is owned by the Australian military and covers an area of approximately 900,000 hectares (9000km2).

It was a 4.5 hour flight from Melbourne to Darwin, a one hour flight to