Our field site is located about 45 minutes from Brisbane, so this last week was the first time that the students have been into Brisbane itself. We took the ferry into the city, visited the Queensland Natural History Museum, and saw Finding Dory (an appropriate movie choice when in Australia?).
Oftentimes days off here are as busy if not busier than work days. Here are a few more pictures from a recent trip to Lamington National Park (adjacent to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, which has a feeding area for king parrots and crimson rosellas) and Springbrook.
Things have been busy here in Brisbane following the arrival of the IRES students. We’ve got a full field house with 6 undergraduate IRES students, 3 graduate students, and 3 technicians, plus several visitors over the past few weeks, including a week-long visit from the PIs, seen below taking their turn in the kitchen to make dinner for 16!
The students are all hard at work on their independent projects, and have been busy even on days off with trips to Noosa, Lamington, and Springbrook National Parks.
IRES 2016 is about to start in Brisbane, and we are busy prepping the house for the arrival of the undergrads (ie making trips to Ikea and Big W). Here are Joe, John, and Mary Margaret at Ikea getting bunk beds and John/Joe putting them together. We’re pretty much ready!
Sam and Nicole are in Queensland near Brisbane for the winter at the Lake Samsonvale field site (joining Cornell students that have been working here for about 6 years). The site is very different than Darwin; perhaps the subspecies melanocephalus may be more appropriately named the orange-backed wren!
There are also two other species of fairywrens here: variegated and superb! Stay tuned for more updates from Brisbane.