Most days begin with an early breakfast and packing lunch for a full day in the field. You’ll return to the cabins each day in the late afternoon, where you’ll help sort field equipment for the following day’s activities and assist with data entry. After dinner you’ll have free time unless the schedule calls for entering data or going out at night to find koalas with spotlights.
In the field, you’ll provide vital help with koala population monitoring, habitat surveying, radiotracking, camera surveys, and making direct observations. You’ll help search for koalas in pairs, first locating koalas by sight and then recording their location and details including gender and the presence of young.
You’ll also help with the capture and handling of koalas and be given hands-on training in restraining the koala for measurements and/or device fitting.
You’ll assist in deployment of cameras, downloading and viewing of images, and finding koalas with spotlights. The staff will show you how to use remote cameras and how to identify birds.
Midway through the expedition, you’ll have a recreation day. You may choose to stay at Bimbi Park, partake in one of the many nature walks around Bimbi Park, or ride horses (depending on how many are interested), or it may be possible to arrange a trip to the Twelve Apostles.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.