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Our Day at Healesville Sanctuary

Friday, May 29, 2009

Today, we visited the Healesville Sanctuary. One of the first things we did was sit down and spend time learning about Sugar Gliders. They normally live about 5 years. We were able to touch one and the fur was very soft. They have a sweet tooth and this Sugar Glider had only one tooth! She loved the nectar we fed her.

Next, we went to visit the Bilby. This animal likes fruit and we had to feed him using a stick because he was not used to people and can sometimes be mean. The Bilby is black with a few white spots on his back. He is also nocturnal and his cage was dark.

Today we also got to see an operation on a Kangaroo. All of the Colorado kids went behind the scenes to watch up close. This operation was called an autopsy and they were trying to figure out how the kangaroo died. We never figured it out, because we ran out of time.

When we were at the sanctuary, we also got to see a birds of prey show. Most of the birds flew low. There were all sorts of birds like eagles, buzzards, and owls. Before the show started there were some birds that were wild and were flying around, but they weren't suppose to be there. They scared the birds in the show a little.

And that was the end of day 3 at the Healesville Sanctuary, where we got to do a lot of things.

A Day in the Rain Forest

Thursday, May 28, 2009

(Tonight’s blog post was a group effort. All students collaborated to create the post.)

There was a spiral road that never seemed to end. After three hours on the bus, one of our teachers even got sick. (And no – it was not Mrs. Jensen.) On the way to the rain forest we got to see our first wild koalas in the trees along side the road.

After arriving at Otway Fly, it was fun getting our hands dirty as we each planted two trees, one Myrtle Beech and one Mountain Ash.

The Mountain Ash tree is the second largest tree in the world. It can grow up to 150 meters in height. You can tell how old a Mountain Ash tree is by measuring its diameter at about chest high. For every centimeter it is one year old.

The moss grows on the south side of the trees because it avoids the sunlight. This was surprising to us because back home it grows on the north side of trees.

Some of the trees in the rainforest are shaped like a boomerang because another tree has blocked its sunlight. It curves to find the sunlight. This movement of the tree was interesting. The aborigines would make their own tools out of trees, mollusk and kangaroo tail.

We also learned that there are lots of threats to the rainforest including people cutting trees. In just one minute about 10 regular-sized football fields of Amazon rain forest is cut down. Realizing how much forest this actually is, it seems that it could all be destroyed in a matter of years. Without our rainforest, we would have less oxygen and water…both are necessary for life. Yesterday we learned about many endangered frogs. They are endangered because their habitat is being destroyed, due to deforestation.

We walked up the Otway Fly, which was 47 meters high. We got to see a great view of the rain forest below. The rain forest gets 2 meters of rainfall a year. While in the rain forest we got to drink some of the fresh creek water. We were surprised at how clean this water was.

Our second day in Australia was successful. Although it was raining most of our time in the “rain forest” we were still able to soak up some great information along with all the water.


Monday, May 18, 2009

I am excited about the Great Barrier Reef I am excited about the Great barrier Reef because I have never been on a fairy and out in the ocean that far. I am also excited about riding a Camala. I am excited because i have never been on a Camala and I am really looking forward to riding on.I am nerves because I have never been alone with out my parents and I will miss them.I have never been on a plain and so I am scared because I am not sure if I will like it.I have never seen an aubergine.We leave in 7 days ya.

Essential Programs Details

Duration 14 days
When May 25th - June 7th, 2009
Focus Marine Biology
Aboriginal Culture