Day 1 Arriving at base camp (28/06/14)

Here I am in Home Valley Station (HV8)! This morning I took a flight from Darwin to Kununurra, where I met the other teachers, Shae, Anjali, Malcolm and Kate, and some of the Earthwatch/Bush Blitz staff, Bruce and Brian.

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Day 2 - I'm hunting butterflies!

After a restless sleep last night (I’m not a great camper…I prefer glamping), I woke at about 5:30am, had breakfast and headed to the lab to see what today had in store for me.

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Day 3 - Bugs, Spiders and Sweeping

Today I worked with Mark (an arachnologist) and Nik (an entomologist). Once again we jumped on the helicopter and headed to our first site. The helicopter landed on a small rock space and Mark headed off to a patch of Melaleucas to search leaf litter for spiders and I stayed to help Nik search for true bugs (these have sucking mouth-parts) in the surrounding river area.

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Day 4: Beating, Collecting and Pootering

Today I was on the road with Gerry and Jackie (entomologists). We headed out west from HV8 and drove until Gerry pulled over and said “This looks like a good spot.” And this is how we found our sites for the day (6 in total).

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Day 5: A day of rest and community

Today was a rest day so there was some lab work to catch up on. At about 11am we headed down to the river camp (at the Pentecost River), to have a BBQ lunch with some of the Traditional Owner’s (TO’s).

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