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      FW: Tropical Australia Ecotour/course July 17-Aug 3

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      From: Brent_G._DeMars@...
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      Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2002 10:44 AM
      To: Tony_A._Enerva@...;
      Joseph_Kozlevcar@...; Paula_L._Larson@...;
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      Subject: Tropical Australia Ecotour/course July 17-Aug 3




      PLEASE FORWARD TO STUDENTS OR INTERESTED OTHER PARTIES        SEVERAL SEATS
      STILL OPEN


      BIOL1180 Tropical Biology - AUSTRALIA JULY 2002

      This course introduces the concepts of ecology and organismic biology through an
      examination of both tropical rainforests and coral reefs.  Multiple field
      excursions will introduce students to the biodiversity and conservation of
      tropical ecosystems, while discussions and field activities will introduce
      concepts in taxonomy, basic organismic biology and adaptive physiology, and
      tropical ecosystem processes.

      contact Dr. Brent DeMars  440 953-7147 or bdemars@...  LAKELAND
      COMMUNITY COLLEGE, KIRTLAND OHIO   for more info. or a reservation


      TOTAL COST is $3200 (all inclusive, even food) + tuition if desired (graduate
      credit also available)

      DATES 2002: Jul 17-Aug. 3 (dates may change by a day or so to maintain least
      expensive housing and flight rates)


      *Affordable extensions are available to DARWIN/KAKADU NATIONAL PARK and
      AYERS ROCK (ULURU).

      ITINERARY:

      MEAL CODES: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

      Note: Meals at Lizard Island are "self-catered". Field Course Staff
      prepare menus and order all ingredients. Each meal includes two main
      responsibilities for participants-setup and cleanup. Field Course Staff
      provide comprehensive preparation and cooking instructions for each
      meal, detailing amounts of ingredients and cooking methods. Staff are
      also on-hand to assist with preparation and cooking.

      DAY 1  LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO. Following your arrival in Los
      Angeles/San Francisco, our group will depart on a regularly scheduled
      flight for Australia. D

      Note: Because of the flight departure time from Los Angeles/San
      Francisco, length of the flight to Australia and crossing of the
      International Date Line, ADD TWO DAYS to your arrival date (example: a
      group departing on Jun 19 will arrive Australia Jun 21). On the your
      return, you will arrive in the U.S. on the same date that you depart
      Australia. This applies only to groups flying Qantas Airlines.

      DAY 2  ARRIVAL CAIRNS-CHARTER-FLIGHT LIZARD ISLAND-FIELD COURSE
      ORIENTATION. Following your arrival in Cairns, Australia, you will be
      met by Australia Field Course Staff and take a charter-flight over the
      Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island. Here, we settle-in at the
      Australian Museum Research Station. Later this afternoon, we will have
      an orientation session to the marine portion of our Australia Field
      Course and the Research Station. This will be followed by an
      introduction to snorkeling off the pure white sands of Research Beach.
      Dinner and overnight Lizard Island. B L D

      Note: 3mm shortie wetsuits are available to participants on-site. We
      recommend that Field Course participants bring their own 5mm full-body
      wetsuits for the highest quality snorkeling experience and to insure
      best fit. Snorkeling gear including mask, snorkel and fins are provided.
      Proper fit, again cannot be guaranteed and it is recommended that you
      bring your own.

      DAY 3 SNORKEL WATSONS BAY-REEF FISH IDENTIFICATION-DISCUSS
      MAJOR FISH GROUPS of the GREAT BARRIER REEF and FISH SAMPLING
      TECHNIQUES-SNORKEL HORSESHOE PATCH REEF. Following an early breakfast,
      we will depart for nearby Watsons Bay. Our group will focus on the
      identification of reef fish during our morning snorkel here. We will
      return to Lizard Island for lunch and a discussion of The Major Fish
      Families Found on the Great Barrier Reef. Various fish sampling
      techniques used by Researchers will also be covered. This afternoon, we
      will depart for Horseshoe Patch Reef. This reef has been specially
      protected from the coral eating "crown of thorns starfish", so we will
      observe a particularly luxuriant hard coral community and large schools
      of reef fishes. In the late afternoon, participants will return to
      Lizard Island for dinner and overnight. B L D

      DAY 4 SNORKEL WATSONS BAY-FISH DENSITY and FEEDING
      BEHAVIOR-DISCUSS BIOLOGY of REEF FISHES-SNORKEL CLAM GARDENS. After
      breakfast, we will again depart for Watsons Bay. Our goal this morning,
      will be to observe fish feeding behavior and also attempt to measure
      density of local fish populations. We will return to Lizard Island for
      lunch and a discussion of The Biology of Reef Fishes. After lunch, our
      group will visit the nearby "Clam Gardens", which hosts one of the
      highest natural densities of "giant clams" anywhere on the Great Barrier
      Reef. These huge bi-valves, which may live to be 50 years old and grow
      to over 5 feet in diameter are endangered in most of their former range.
      There are literally hundreds of these giant mollusks found here. In the
      late afternoon, we will return to Lizard Island for dinner and
      overnight. B L D

      DAY 5 SNORKEL TURTLE BEACH/AGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR in REEF
      FISH-DISCUSS IDENTIFICATION of HARD, SOFT CORALS and OTHER
      INVERTEBRATES-SNORKEL BLUE LAGOON. Early this morning, we will depart
      for Turtle Beach. Our morning snorkel will focus on the aggressive
      behavior of herbivorous reef fishes and the patterns of zonation in the
      local coral community. Participants will return to Lizard Island for
      lunch and a mid-day discussion on The Identification of Coral Species
      and Other Invertebrates that make-up the Great Barrier Reef. This
      afternoon, we will travel to the center of Lizard Island's Blue Lagoon.
      Here, our group will observe the spectacular reef-flat coral community
      and snorkel with two resident (and harmless) white-tip reef sharks. In
      the late afternoon, we will return to Lizard Island for dinner and
      overnight. B L D

      DAY 6  SNORKEL VIKIS REEF-DISCUSS BIOLOGY of CORALS-SNORKEL
      PALFREY HOLE-EXPLORATION of GHOST BEACH on PALFREY ISLAND. Following
      breakfast, we will depart for Vikis Reef. This location will give us a
      good opportunity to observe sea turtles and possibly manta rays, while
      snorkeling. Our group will return to Lizard Island for lunch and a
      discussion on The Biology of Corals. Following lunch, we will depart for
      and snorkel Palfrey Hole. Spectacular staghorn coral formations line the
      reef crest in this area. We may also encounter "giant humphead
      parrot-fish" (200 lbs.) at this site. There will also be time to go
      ashore on Palfrey Island to hike and explore deserted Ghost Beach. In
      the late afternoon, our group will return to Lizard Island for dinner
      and overnight. B L D

      DAY 7  SNORKEL CRAYFISH WALL-DISCUSS PHYSICAL CHARACTERSTICS
      and GEOMORPHOLOGY of the GREAT BARRIER REEF-SNORKEL NORTH POINT and
      MERMAID COVE-HIKE LIZARD ISLAND MOUNTAIN-EVENING WRAP-UP SESSION. After
      breakfast this morning, participants will depart for Crayfish Wall.
      Snorkeling here should give us a good look at wrasses and reef sharks.
      We will return to Lizard Island for lunch and a discussion on The
      Physical Characteristics of the Great Barrier Reef. This afternoon, we
      will snorkel North Point and Mermaid Cove. Here, we will observe
      spectacular coral walls that plummet into deep water. Late in the
      afternoon, participants will return to Watson's Bay and hike Lizard
      Island Mountain to Captain Cooks Look, the point where the famous
      Captain plotted his course out of the Great Barrier Reef and back to
      open water in 1788. Following dinner tonight, we will have a wrap-up
      session on the marine portion of our Australia Field Course. Overnight
      Lizard Island. B L D

      DAY 8  CAIRNS-MUNGALLI CREEK RAINFOREST VILLAGE-DISCUSS AUSTRALIAS WET
      TROPICS-RAINFOREST HIKE-DISCUSS PLANTS and ANIMALS of the WET TROPICS.
      Following breakfast, our group will pack up, say farewells to Lizard
      Island Field Course Staff and depart for Cairns by charter-flight. Upon
      arrival, we will transfer to Mungalli Creek Rainforest Village in the
      Atherton Tablelands. Following lunch, there will be a brief introduction
      to Australias Wet Tropics by terrestrial Staff. The afternoon will be
      spent hiking in the rainforest near Mungalli Creek Rainforest Village.
      Our group will then return to Mungalli Creek for dinner. This evening
      there will be a discussion on the Plants and Animals of the Wet Tropics
      of Australia. Overnight Mungalli Creek. B L D

      DAY 9 RAINFOREST HIKE-IDENTIFICATION of RAINFOREST TYPES-DISCUSS
      BIODIVERSITY in the WET TROPICS-HIKE to LAKE BARRINE and LAKE EACHAM
      CRATER LAKES-OBSERVATION of NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. Early this morning, we
      will hike along the Beatrice River Trail. We will discuss and observe
      various rainforest types found in the region. Following lunch, we will
      discuss Various Determinants of Biodiversity in the Wet Tropics of
      Australia. This afternoon, our group will hike to beautiful Lake Barrine
      and Lake Eacham crater lakes. We will then return to Mungalli Creek for
      dinner. This evening, our group will hike to Mt. Hypipamee in hopes of
      spotting arboreal mammals and other nocturnal wildlife. Overnight
      Mungalli Creek. B L D

      DAY 10 BIRDING-BIRD CENSUS TECHNIQUES-REPTILES-REPTILE CENSUS
      TECHNIQUES-DISCUSS ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES in the WET TROPICS-HIKE
      WATERFALL CIRCUIT-FROGGING-FROG CENSUS TECHNIQUES. After breakfast this
      morning, we will hike looking and listening for birds found in the
      region. Participants will also be on the lookout for reptiles found
      here. Census techniques for both will also be discussed and observed.
      After lunch at Mungalli Creek, we will discuss Various Ecological
      Processes in the Wet Tropics of Australia. This afternoon will be spent
      hiking the "waterfall circuit", that includes Millaa Millaa Falls,
      Zillie Falls and Elinjaa Falls. Late this afternoon, participants will
      return to Mungalli Creek for dinner. This evening, we will go frogging
      and discuss various frog census techniques. Overnight Mungalli Creek. B
      L D

      DAY 11 OBSERVATION of PLATYPUS-HIKE TO PALMERSTON or BARTLE FRERE
      NATIONAL PARK-DISCUSS MANAGEMENT ISSUES of the WET TROPICS. At sunrise
      today, we will hike to a nearby lake and observe the platypus, one of
      many unique animals found in Australia. Following breakfast at Mungalli
      Creek, our group will do an all-day hike to Nandroya Falls and
      Palmerston National Park or Josephine Falls and Broken Nose in Bartle
      Frere National Park. Late in the afternoon, we will return to Mungalli
      Creek for dinner. This evening, there will be a discussion on Land
      Management Issues of the Wet Tropics in Australia. Overnight Mungalli
      Creek. B L D

      DAY 12 CAIRNS. Following breakfast, we will depart Mungalli Creek
      Rainforest Village and return to Cairns. Our group will settle-in at the
      Tuna Towers Hotel. This  afternoon will be at leisure in Cairns for
      sightseeing and shopping. Overnight Tuna Towers Hotel. B L D

      Note: This afternoon will give people the chance to dive, do the Kuranda
      canopy cable ride outside of Cairns, or just time to relax.

      DAY 13 UNDARA SAVANNAH-SUNSET HIKE. Early this morning, participants
      will travel west through the beautiful Atherton Tablelands to tropical
      north Queensland's Outback region, known as the Gulf Savannah. Following
      our arrival at the Undara Lava Lodge, we will have lunch and then go for
      a bush-walk, on one of the many local trails. There will also be some
      time to relax by the Lava Lodge pool. Late this afternoon, participants
      will join our Savannah Guide for a magnificent sunset hike, where the
      savannah life-zone found in this region, along with its flora and fauna
      will be discussed. Following dinner, we will have an evening of
      activities around the campfire. Overnight at Swags Tent Village. B L D

      DAY 14 UNDARA LAVA TUBES-CAIRNS. Following an early breakfast at the
      Ringers Camp, we will join our Savannah Guide for a half-day lava tube
      tour. The Undara Lava Tubes were formed some 190,000 years ago when a
      major crater in the McBride Volcanic Province erupted, its molten lava
      then flowed down a dry river bed. As the top layer quickly cooled and
      crusted, the fiery magma below continued to flow through the tubes
      taking it further and further from the crater. As the eruption slowed,
      and then stopped, the lava drained out of the tubes leaving a series of
      long, hollow tunnels. Ancient roof collapses created deep, dark and
      moist depressions, where fertile pockets of rainforest can now be seen.
      Rainforest plants and animals thrive in this environment, where each
      tube offers an insight into this rare geological wonder. The word
      "Undara" is an Aboriginal word meaning "a long way", and one of the lava
      flows from Undara extends for 100 miles, making it the longest lava flow
      from a single crater on Earth. After lunch, we will return to Cairns for
      dinner and overnight at Tuna Towers Hotel. B L D

      DAY 15 UNDARA.

      DAY 16 DEPARTURE. After an early breakfast and farewells to our
      Australia Field Course Staff, you will be transferred to the airport in
      Cairns for your return flight home. B


      DAY 17 ARRIVE LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO. Following our mid-day arrival
      in Los Angeles/San Francisco group members will board their connecting
      flight for home.

      Note: Due to weather conditions and circumstances beyond the control of
      Staff, certain activities may be changed or done on different days in the
      best interest of the group.

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