Environmental science students from the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) have completed baseline survey work and reported back on the health of six local travelling stock reserves (TSRs) as part of an ongoing MCG project to save our threatened woodland birds.
Working with MCG ecologists over Semester 2 of 2019, students gained hands-on experience in flora and fauna surveys as well as health and safety issues ranging from tiger snakes to large livestock.
Some students also elected to undertake additional surveys and reporting on issues including nature trees, heavy metal levels in local dam and creek water, and soils. This work generated some interesting insights especially around which tree species are most likely to develop nesting hollows.
MCG staff were impressed by students’ enthusiasm and professionalism, and hope to stay in touch with students as they move on to jobs and/or university-level study in environmental science.
CIT’s class of 2019 included Michael Archer, Emma Carroll, Tom Dykes, Chris Heazlewood, Jenn Soroka, Andrei Stepunin, Louis Tucker as well as teachers Hannah Kapelj, Patrick Harvey and Emily Stewart-Reed.
For more information about learning opportunities at CIT, see https://cit.edu.au