Here are some more photos from the recent Biodiversity Study tour supplied by Jacinta
[Day 2: Woomera Missile Park] An interesting display of old rockets, military aircraft, and other equipment replica used for past missile testing.
[Day 2: Arid Recovery Reserve] Group 1 observing ecologist Georgie taking measures of a successfully caught male bettong.
[Day 3: Arid Recovery Reserve] Many thanks to Arid Recovery Manager, Dr. Katherine Tuft (pictured) for not only sharing her knowledge on the importance of conservation, but for also enriching students with outdoor experience by running these hands-on workshops.
[Day 3: Arid Recovery Reserve] Providing assistance to Arid Recovery staff by building new homes (made out of tree branches) for stick-nest rats in one of the reserves.
[Day 3: Arid Recovery Reserve] Dr. Katherine Tuft explaining the cultural and historical significance of this ancient Aboriginal campsite found to be within the Arid Recovery reserve. (She also warned us to not take any rocks we find as that will bring us bad ju-ju (aka. bad luck)).
[Day 4: Arid Recovery Reserve] Early morning breakfast before heading out onto our next destination. On a side-note, it has been incredible waking up to catch a glimpse of the sun rise from where we were in the desert!
[Day 4: Lake Eyre] Unfortunately the closest most of us got to was the crust of the salt lake. (There also didn’t appear to be any water in the lake from where we stood).
[Day 4: en route to Lake Eyre] What it’s like being on the road for almost over 1800km of travel. But aside from this picture, everyone actually had a fun time by belting out to some road trip classics!
[Day 4: Mutonia Sculpture Park, Callanna] Just one of many lonely industrial sculptures created by a mechanic turned artist, Robin Cooke. (Note: Site can be found somewhere along the Oodnadatta Track between Lake Eyre and Marree).
Day 5: Iga Warta, Nepabunna] Behind the scenes of the ochre pit ceremony conducted by Adnyamathanha elder, Terry Coulthard.
The Malkii tour was also conducted on land that was previously an ancient Aboriginal campsite, and so we were lucky enough to have Cliff brief us on the significance of these well-carved rocks which actually happen to be tools used for cooking (or some other purpose).
Yuly – the friendliest dog in the Iga Warta Community and adored by everyone on the study tour!
[Day 6: Lunch at Prairie Hotel Restaurant, Parachilna] We were all pretty hungry at this point having left Iga Warta a few hours already, and the pies did not disappoint!
[Day 6: Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges] Incredible fossil remains found in sedimentary rocks towards the start of the gorge. However, such a reveal would not have been made known without our bus driver Rick who also acted as our tour guide.
[Day 7: Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges] While a majority of the group left on the big hike, a few of us decided to stay behind to do a walk instead. However, that walk also turned into a small hike up to the Wangara Lookout which had spectacular views all around.
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