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Australia – May & June 2001

May – 2001-05-11

This semester have been filled with fieldtrips and even May had its’ fair share of them… Today, it was time for me to leave for a three-day trip through north Queensland. This time it was the Terrestrial Resource Management class that catered for the trip and the aim was to have a look at the different management issues out there in real life. Dealing with aspects like dairy farming in the tropics (the need for clearing rainforest to have cattle grazing), sugarcane farming (clearing rainforest for that purpose), tourism development and much more.

June – 2001-06-20

Greetings mobsters!

June 2001 is like the last two, filled with study, study and some study…

June is the Exam month here at James Cook University and that’s the reason I haven’t been able to update the site for a while. However, I am soon out of this tunnel and I am almost out in the sun again after spending heaps of time behind my desk and writing reports, essays and other scientific papers. However, the decision has been made from my funding institution (CSN) but that’s all they had to say… yup, that’s right they never told me WHAT the decision was! I will found out soon enough I suppose.

Meanwhile I would like to share my success with you by informing that I am now (if I pass my exams) officially a Biologist/Zoologist and after I have finished my intensive course in Cairns (mid-July) I will become an Environmental Scientist. Some of the papers written by me are available on my Schoolworks page, please feel free to have a look and if you disagree with something please email me.

Till next time,

Australia – April 2001

April – 2001-04-06

The joyful letter I got from Canada has still not gone out of my mind as you might understand. I have worked hard to reach this sub-goal. The final goal is still ahead but this was one was a very important stage in my future development.

As I mentioned in last months page, the only thing that really can stop me from going at this point is money, and that is coming from CSN (the Swedish Board for further Education). Read the rest of this entry »

Australia – March 2001

March – 2001-04-06

Hey how are things?

Wow, it’s April all ready April, but what happened in March then?

I started uni the last week in February and got into the swing again pretty fast and so did our lecturers by piling essays, reports, ministerial briefings and scientific posters our way. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia – February 2001

February – Greetings friends!

This month started with finishing of my intensive course called Protected Area Management – Principles and practices.

It was quite a good intensive which taught me much about the problems with having people in fragile environments and how to keep outdoors activities like hiking, horseback riding and stuff sustainable. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia – December 2000

2001-01-07

As you all know now X-mas and New Year is all over and we are well into the New Year.

December was very interesting month with an intensive course making up the major part of the month before I left Oz for Sweden the 18th of Dec.

The intensive was called ZL3211 Australian Tropical Herpetology. Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia – October 2000

October 2000-10-22

I feel bad about these updates! This is the third update in way too long time.

Anyways, some diving is planned in November & December and I really looking forward to that though I haven’t been into the water since last trip to the Yongala the 14th of May… Read the rest of this entry »

Australia – July 2000

July 2000

I have finally got home from Maggie and our fieldtrip..
It has been a successful week educationally…

It started last week with my intensive course when I meet some old friends that I hadn’t seen for ages..
The whole course is called Animal Form & Function field course. It was divided into 5 groups; insects, mammals, amphibians and marine parasites. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia – Fall Semester 2000

July 2000

I have finally got home from Maggie and our fieldtrip..
It has been a successful week educationally…

It started last week with my intensive course when I meet some old friends that I hadn’t seen for ages..
The whole course is called Animal Form & Function field course. It was divided into 5 groups; insects, mammals, amphibians and marine parasites.

Basically I have had lectures from 9 to 5 everyday the first week! Little long sometimes but nice coffee pauses and the Ozzy tempo (=slow) it wasn’t too bad…

Second week (15th – 21th) we went out to Maggie and did the practical part of the course. During that week we started little differently but as early as 05.30 when we did the Bird chorus (listen to the birds when they wake up) the latest was when we had nocturnal mammals. Some days where pretty slack, e.g. the mammals, started at 7am finished at 10.30am…

My week looked like this:

Butterflies Monday 8am -3.30pm, where we went out to catch butterflies and brought ’em back in special thingies to id them. A special species where selected to estimate the population size… (mark and re-capture method).
we putted some b’flies in the fridge for 5, 30 and 60min to see how long time it took for them to thaw…
On the evening/night we went out to cheek out nocturnal spiders..

The Tuesday went to Horseshoe Bay to catch some fish so we could cheek for marine parasites.
I had a snoub nosed dart (food fish) it was not entirely dead when I picked it up from the bin in the lab, so I had to cut the main aorta under the gills, I felt little bad about killing it but when after 5 hours dissecting I had found 8spp. of parasites in the gills and intestine and thousands of cystod-cysts I realized this one had not long to live before it would die… It was no longer a fish but a collection of parasites in form of a fish…
Of the 8spp. 1 was totally unknown, 1 was REALLY rare, and another two was freshwater parasites and the fish is an saltwater fish seems little peculiar…

On the Wednesday it was time to face the reptiles, we went out to a creek called Gustav Crk which was a dried out creek with some small Billabong in a 120 meter transect we first observed the behavior of the lizards, and later on catch them for marking, id and weighting… I didn’t have any luck in catching them but my group was quite successful. The majority of the caught lizard was of the species Carlia rhombodalis , which is about 7-8cm long and weighs 2-3grms, cute little thing..

Mammals was up on the Thursday, so went again out to secluded area of Maggie to see if there as any different between two habitat (mangrove and woodland divided by a road) and if so, why..
The chosen mammal was the brushtailed Possum, we caught them by using special possum traps. We found quite a lot of possums and we checked the females for joey’s and measured the head length of both the adult and the Joey..
It was not only the females that was sexually violated ’cause we measured the testis on the males…
Before we let ’em go again we measured, weight and sexed them. In the ones we didn’t have a transponder one was placed under the skin in the neck.
In one of the traps a water rat was caught, really pretty!!

On the Thursday night, we went out to cheek for nocturnal mammals, I found four possums and one koala! a real cutie!! One really big spider (10cm between the toes, 4cm long body). as you might now if you shine your torch on the animals the light id´s reflected in there eyes…
The koala was the first wild koala I seen.

On the Friday we checked out birds but I have no real affection for small birds, and specially here in Oz ’cause the bird differ from home and all other continents.. so I felt I didn’t get so much out of it though I am leaving the country in a year!

2000-07-08

One week into July and I have had a experience of a lifetime…

I was pretty bored last week so I decided to drive out to Billabong Sanctuary 20min outside the city, to take some stock photos of the Australian and North Queensland’s wildlife.

I got some very nice photos of koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles and other cute and cuddly animals. There was an opportunity for hugging a koala and of cause I took the chance to hold this little teddy bear, the koala in question was an 18month-old baby, and was really cute!

I think that little thing didn’t leave any of us that cuddle it untouched!

When I held it the baby koala, pushed it’s hairy head onto my neck and just hugged me back when I was petting it’s back

Australia – March & April 2000

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Work work work, but there is some spare time…

I have got my self ICQ and the number is: 6848 1006.

Not a minute to late according to many, and I can’t say more than I agree.

I did not go along with the HiLux, though I found out it would cost me a fortune to repair it… …so I found another car, Ford Falcon, 6cylinder, 4.1Liter engine!!!! A big sucker but it sure nice to have a big engine when you are out on longer trips.

Played some inline hockey during the weekend, representing Townsville P.C.Y.C. (Police Community Youth Club) against Charters Towers. We slaughtered them!!! 10-2, and I did 3 goals and 3-4 passes. The day after it was time for a re-match and due to that CT did not have any goalie a floor-player putted on the gear and to make it little more even we swooped goalies too.

This game was a lot more even, 6-3 was the final score but they had the lead early in the game.

April

This is a very bad sign! Today it is 6th of May. You cannot imagine how much reports and essays I have had to write!!

Puuhh! But now it is all over but so is April!!

Australia – July 1999

Hi Everybody!!!

As I wrote in the “The June History”, I took a flight home to surprise some friends and most of all my parents.

The flight home went really fast though I flew “back” in time and I “saved” 8 hours. This time I flew with Qantas Airways, and SAS. First I flew up to Cairns, (1 hour flight) where I spended little more than 7 hours which was more than enough though I did not know what to do, I went to Cairns Aquarium, and watched the shark feeding, and some other, interesting stuff… They claimed that Cairns Aquarium was bigger than Townsville Aquarium. Which I can tell you it’s not, so if you pass by sometime go to T’villes Aquarium instead of Cairns. Read the rest of this entry »