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Justin-Researching the Birds in Australia

April 14th, 2015 · No Comments

So here’s the most recent update. We’ve hiked the second highest mountain in Australia named Mt. Bartle Frear. It was around 5200 feet high and we were up in the clouds. We couldn’t see much but it was awesome to be up in the clouds. It took about 8 hours for a round trip hiking up the mountain. We were taking our time and some of it was pretty difficult, we were basically climbing over huge boulders to follow the trail. We also went back to the Daintree where I saw my first and second Cassowary. Aside from that I’ve finished my finals here which were incredibly easy. We’ve started up our directed research projects this week. It’s been very busy between studying for finals and getting stuff together for my DR. 

I decided that I wanted to study the habitat requirements of the Yellow Bellied Glider. They are a vulnerable species in Australia and their habitat is shrinking. They use Eucalyptus resinifera as a feed tree where they eat the sap out of these trees, but they only use 1%. Part of it is that they only use solitary E. resinifera and I’m looking at why this may be the case. My hypothesis is that they’re not using the clumped ones because of intraspecific competition which is lowering the sap quality and the size of the tree because they also tend to only use trees with a DBH higher than 55cm. I’m really excited to start analyzing some data and we’ve already collected some. I can’t wait to see what I find out!!

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