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| From $ 1995 | Save $100Wildlife of the Australia's Rainforest (7-15 days) (Oct 01 - Oct 07, 2017)
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You'll assist in research and gathering data that is tracking the impact of climate change on the unique flora and fauna of the region. Get hands on with different reptiles, frogs and birds as well as seeing dingoes, possums, butterflies, platypus and other protected species in their natural habitat.
On this expedition, you’ll explore rainforests, spectacular mountains covered in cooler upland rainforests, beaches, and coral habitats just off the shore. You’ll investigate changes in the climate and what they mean for these species while trying your hand at a variety of research techniques, including bird surveys, lizard surveys, frog surveys, and nocturnal wildlife spotting.
About Wildlife of the Australia's Rainforest (7-15 days)
On the Expedition
Discover the exotic plants and animals unique to the rainforests of northern Queensland, Australia.
The wet tropics of northern Queensland are the last remaining part of the huge forest that once dominated half of Australia. This lush landscape is home to species like cassowaries, parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos, and primitive-looking reptiles, many of which live nowhere else in the world.
On this expedition, you’ll explore lowland rainforests, spectacular mountains covered in cooler upland rainforests, beaches, and coral habitats just off the shore. You’ll investigate changes in the climate and landscape and what they mean for species in the area while trying your hand at a variety of research techniques, including bird surveys, lizard surveys, frog surveys, and nocturnal wildlife spotting.
This expedition will be spent at different long-term monitoring sites in the wet tropics depending on the scientist’s research needs. You will be staying at a beautiful campsite near the monitoring sites in a stunning rainforest setting, surrounded by unique Australian species. In your spare time, you can swim in isolated rainforest streams and explore the forest trails.
DAILY LIFE IN THE FIELD
This is a summary:
Day 1: Set up camp; talks on safety, logistics, and sampling techniques
Days 2–6: Daily activity includes:
• Bird and lizard hikes
• Night wildlife surveys
• Insect collecting
• Vegetation survey hikes
Day 7: Morning sampling activities, pack up camp. Departure for Cairns
You'll survey a wide variety of animals in this wildlife-rich ecosystem. Help researchers:
Hike to survey birds and lizards. You'll look for birds in the early morning and lizards during the day. When you spot a creature, you will identify the species, take measurements, and/or observe behavior.
Spotlight animals at night. Head out into the forest with a light to catch and count nocturnal animals, including frogs, bats, and mammals.
Hike to survey vegetation. You'll measure the diameter of trees and the density of the rainforest canopy. You'll also measure environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity.
Collect invertebrates. Search the forest for some of its smallest and most interesting inhabitants, such as ants.
A typical day will start with some volunteers getting up before dawn, eating breakfast, and conducting bird surveys. Other volunteers will get up later and prepare equipment for the day’s activities. Late afternoons are unscheduled to allow you to rest or swim before dinner.
You'll get to try all of the research activities, which will ensure an interesting and varied experience with encounters with a wide variety of animals and habitats. You’ll have ample time for relaxation, exploration, photography, and recreation, such as swimming in a rainforest pool.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND FOOD
Crystal Cascades Holiday Park in Cairns is located in a rainforest with a mountainous backdrop. Amenities are spacious and modern, featuring four-person cabins with bathrooms. While at South Johnstone Forestry Camp, Kingfisher Lodge, and Shipton’s Flat camp, you’ll sleep in individual tents. South Johnstone has a beautiful creek running past the campground with fresh, clear water that is ideal for swimming. Shipton’s Flat is in a lush, shady setting along a creek about 15 minutes from Black Mountain. The Kingfisher Lodge campground is at the base of the Carbine Range in a beautiful spot for bird-watching.
A wide variety of fresh foods will be available throughout the expedition. Volunteers will assist with meal preparation and clean-up on a rotational basis. There are a number of local pubs and restaurants close by.
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Boyd's Forest Dragon
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19 Jul 2017On our recent Wildlife of Australia's Rainforest expedition to far north Queensland this stunningly colourful Boyd's Forest Dragon was found sunning himself in the middle of the road. While picking him up to place him on a tree, out of harms way, participants had an opportunity to closely view this magnificent animal and learn more about him from Expedition Scientist Prof. Steve Williams.
It's experiences such as these that Earthwatchers get the opportunity to enjoy while in the field.
Volunteer to protect our unique wildlife of the cloud forests
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15 May 2012Volunteer and escape to the lush cloud forests and wildlife haven of Northern QLD
Escape the sounds of the bustling city as you step into the lush and tranquil tropics on Earthwatch’s Wildlife of the Cloud Forests expedition. The sounds of a bird chorus at dawn and trickling waters of nearby creeks and streams, will be your new home, as you immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Inside the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics of Northern Queensland lies an exotic array of wildlife and plants. As the last remaining part of forest that once dominated half of Australia, you will find animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world including cassowaries, a variety of parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos and primitive looking reptiles.
Working alongside world renowned Ecologist, Prof. Steve Williams, you will move through a wide variety of landscapes from the crystal clear coral shorelines and beaches, to lowland lush rainforests right through to spectacular mountains covered in cloud forests. Throughout this time you will be helping to shape our understanding of what changes are occurring to our climate and landscape and what this means for the unique species in the area.
As part of a research team, you will be actively involved in a range of activities including:
Reptile trapping and surveys
Nocturnal wildlife spotting
One or two weeks, it’s your choice.
Choose to join this expedition for either, the first week, the last week or continuing through for the entire two weeks. The first week will be spent in the beautiful South Johnstone Forestry Camp, while on the second week you move onto Shiptons Flat camp with a few days in Cairns in between. Both locations are on different tablelands to ensure a variety in wildlife and scenery and are often closed off to the wider public.
2012 dates and pricing:
- 7 days | 5-11 Aug/ or 28 Oct-2 Nov | $1,200
- 15 days | 5-19 Aug or 28 Oct-11 Nov | $2,500
Prices include all food, accommodation, return transfers from Cairns airport as well as a contribution to this important research.
Sign up todaySo if you are looking for an excuse to escape, why not join one of our research teams and explore the hidden wonders of our most beautiful and remote rainforests. Book online, or call Earthwatch on 03 9682 6828
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