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  • Participate in a wildlife research project and make an active contribution to conservation while enjoying a holiday.
  • Led by a naturalist guide, you will learn so much about Australia 's wonderful native wildlife and see animals rarely seen by the casual observer. Gain an understanding of the fine balance in nature.
  • Help ensure a more secure future for our native wildlife as we collect data on rare and threatened species.
  • Sponsor a research program
   

Experience Nautilus shell with Gippsland High Country Tours
Nautilus shell washed onto rocky beach

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Rock pool rambling for shells and more

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Beach-combing along sandy beaches

5 Day Seashore Life of East Gippsland
Graded: Easy - Moderate

4 nights accommodation

Easy - Moderate walks include scrambling around rock pools

Victoria has a very rich marine fauna and flora along its coastline which is the focus of this discovery ecotour.  You will enjoy beach-combing as well as the exploration of rock pools as you discover some of the seashore life along the coast of East Gippsland.

Led by a specialist naturalist guide Alan Monger, you will have the opportunity to learn the differences between various groups of organisms and find out why so many of them are important in the overall picture of our marine biodiversity.

Help Alan collect data for the Marine Research Group and Museum of Victoria and sharpen your own skills of observation, while gaining new skills in identification of marine creatures. 

No prior knowledge or experience is needed, but bring along a healthy curiosity about the natural world.

More than just a holiday, this is an educational experience that will stimulate your curiosity and challenge you to do more than just observe nature. Our coasts and oceans are fragile environments. Learn what threats they face and how they can be better conserved now and into the future.

This ecotour is set along some of Victoria least visited coastlines including Croajingolong National Park.  You will join beach walks where the only footsteps in the sand are yours, watch waves crash on a rocky headland and marvel at reflections in quiet walks around river estuaries.

Your days will be filled with activities but every night you will stay in cosy accommodation and enjoy the company of a small group of like minded travellers as we discuss the day’s discoveries.

March, 2015
5 Days ex. Bairnsdale $POA
5 Days ex. Melbourne $POA
 



 

weighing in

antechinus

Photos: G. Greenwood

3 Day Wonders of Wildlife Ecotour – Snowy River
Graded: Easy

2 nights camping

Easy walks

The Snowy River National Park boasts magnificent scenery and is host to a diversity of wildlife habitats, however there has been little documentation of wildlife species present in many parts of the Park.

This Easter, be part of the third wildlife survey conducted in a project to put the wildlife of the Snowy River National Park “on the map”.  Last survey we added 22 species, but there are still lots of gaps to fill. This time we also include remote cameras to photograph animals going about their nightly business.

Led by a Naturalist guide you will discover many fascinating facts about wildlife while valuable data is collected on distribution and ecology of species to help ensure they enjoy a more secure future.  

Avoid the Easter crowds and spend a much quieter Easter immersed in nature.

Have great fun and join in your choice of activities which include birdwatching, trapping and release of small mammals for data collection, identifying animal tracks and traces, searching for frogs, evening spotlight walks and more.

Enjoy the lush ferny Mountain Ash forest, dry open woodland with great views over the Snowy Valley and other rich and varied forest habitats. 

You need an interest in wildlife and just enough sense of adventure to enjoy two nights bush camping and plenty of easy walks.

April 4, 2015
3 Days ex. Bairnsdale $POA
3 Days ex. Melbourne $POA
 

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Nicholson River

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Peron's Tree Frog
Photo A Llewellyn

4 Day River Life at Waterholes
Graded: Easy

3 nights accommodation

Easy walks but including uneven ground and pebbly river banks


A river somewhere…  Learn about the life of a river, the Nicholson River. Where does it come from and where is it going to and what happens along the way.

When you think about what lives in a river, fish are probably the first animals that comes to mind, maybe also platypus and frogs.  But what do they eat and need in order to thrive?  What role do the tiny creatures play in the health of the river? 
We will arm you with dip nets and show you how to find the amazing range of river wildlife that lives on the sandy bottom or under rocks.  Back-swimmers, dragonfly nymphs, beetle larvae, water boatman and many more.  Use simple charts to classify these into groups and magnifiers or microscopes to explore the minute detail of these aquatic insects or macro-invertebrates.  Learn how some groups are key indicators of water quality.

The frog chorus is astounding and we will see how many different species we can identify from their calls alone.  Practice hearing the difference in the different tones and rhythms of the calls.

The river has its own story too. Once it travelled a different path and this is now a lagoon with birds and wildlife on the still shallow water that is so different to the fast flowing water tumbling over rocks.

The river is not just about the water we can take from it to use, it is a conduit of life through the whole catchment.

Your days will be filled with activities but every night you will stay in first class guesthouse accommodation and over the evening meal, enjoy sharing the days new discoveries.

October, 2015
4 Days ex. Bairnsdale $POA
4 Days ex. Melbourne $POA
 

Smoky Mouse

Alpine She-Oak skink

4 Day Threatened Fauna of the Cobberas
Graded: Easy-Moderate

3 nights bush camping.
(Select departures offer 3 nights accommodation)

Easy - Moderate Walks

The Cobberas area is home to a number of threatened wildlife species and in this remote part of the Alpine National Park, much work is needed to identify the location of threatened species populations and ascertain numbers. In addition it is important to identify management issues that affect these species such as introduced predators, feral competitors and fire regimes.

Target species are Alpine She-Oak Skink, Alpine Water Skink, Smoky Mouse, Broad-toothed Rat and Alpine Spiny Crayfish.  Some of these are found together together, for instance the Alpine Water Skink often hides in holes made by the endangered Alpine Spiny Crayfish in the stream banks!

You will be led by two local naturalist guides who will share with lots of fascinating information on Alpine wildlife in general as well as specific information about our target species.  You will learn how wildlife species interact with each other and the Alpine ecosystem.

Contribute to conservation while you enjoy a holiday and see animals rarely seen by the casual visitor.  Your participation in this project will help provide a more secure future for some of Victoria’s threatened wildlife.

March, 2015
4 Days ex. Bairnsdale $POA
4 Days ex. Melbourne $POA

 

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3 Day Wonders of Wildlife Ecotour - Haunted Stream
Graded: Easy

2 nights camping
Easy walks.

Australia's wildlife - diverse, shy and often elusive with many species rarely seen by the casual visitor.

Led by a Naturalist guide you will discover many fascinating facts about wildlife while valuable data is collected on distribution and ecology of species to help ensure they enjoy a more secure future.

Have great fun and join in your choice of activities which include birdwatching, trapping and release of small mammals for data collection, identifying animal tracks and traces, monitoring stream life and frog populations, evening spotlight walks, wildflower identification.

You need an interest in wildlife and just enough sense of adventure to enjoy two nights bush camping and plenty of easy walks.

December 30 (New Year), 2011
3 Days ex. Bairnsdale $960

(Contact me for assistance with Melbourne transfers)

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antechnus

lizard

 

Threatened Wildlife of Forlorn Hope Plain
Graded: Easy-Moderate

3 nights camping

Easy-moderate walks

Combine having a holiday with a fantastic learning experience and make a contribution to conservation.

This is an amazing opportunity to join a naturalist guide in the Alpine National Park and participate in a research project looking at wildlife after the summer 2003 alpine bushfire. The setting for this ecotour is Forlorn Hope Plain which is home to a number of threatened species of wildlife.

What animals survived the fire and what are they doing now? Are they facing new threats? The regeneration is amazing, but are they moving back into the burnt areas yet? Learn about small mammals, frogs, birds, rare skinks and more. Data collected will assist Parks Victoria to better manage this area during it's recovery from the fire and help provide a more secure future for some of our native wildlife.

We will camp on a beautiful sub-alpine plain, which remained largely unburnt although it is surrounded by severely burnt country and our days will be filled with short walks and activities related to the wildlife survey. The trip will be led by two guides, one of whom will be a naturalist.

Spend a fantastic four days in the Alpine National Park, learning about our native wildlife, making a significant contribution to our knowledge about wildlife ecology and relaxing in a serene remote Alpine setting.

The current research project also incorporates a population study of Broad-toothed Rat (Mastacomys fuscus), monitoring of Alpine Water Skink (Eulamprus kosciuskoi), searching for Smoky Mouse (Pseudomys fumeus), and Alpine Spiny Crayfish (Euastacus crassus).

 

Would you like to be involved in this project by providing sponsorship for some aspect of the research work?   

 

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Wildlife Research Sponsorship

Would you like to be involved in wildlife research in another way? 
As well as participating on the research tours, you can help by sponsoring an aspect of one of the projects.

What is the money used for and how much do I need to contribute? 
The amount is totally up to you, small contributions soon add up.  You can direct that your money go to any particular aspect you choose, or it can go be general sponsorship of a particular project you are keen to help out with.  On a larger scale you could sponsor a whole field trip or a whole project.

Some examples of areas you could ask your sponsorship to be directed to:

  • Scientific analysis of hair samples collected from passing small mammals on sticky tapes to determine the species present without having to capture them. ($5.50 per sample)
  • Scientific analysis of predator scats (droppings) to discover what prey species the predators (particularly foxes) are eating. ($7.70 per scat)
  • Purchase of Hair Funnels to collect small mammal hair samples ($9.85 each)
  • Hire of specialised trapping equipment (2 boxes of small mammal traps $45 per trip)
  • Hire of a “Bat detector” enabling the recording and identification of the high frequency echolocation calls of tiny forest bats moving through the bush at night. ($60 per trip)
  • Purchase of specialised scales for weighing small mammals ($80)

All sponsors are acknowledged and you can receive copies of specific project reports to allow you to follow the progress of the project you have contributed to.

Contact me for further details.

Every contribution helps us learn how best to manage and conserve our native wildlife.


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