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This is a rare opportunity to explore with an environmental scientist in the Carnarvon region and participate in research through field surveys, wildlife mapping and documenting finds in uncharted areas. Our previous expeditions have discovered new species of snails and rare fauna. Data you help collect in this area of rich biodiversity will contribute to regional and national scientific knowledge and will be used to help protect our precious environment. It's seriously interesting but also an enjoyable experience with relaxation time to have a rest by a waterhole, take photos or swap stories around the campfire in the evening. We travel between survey locations in a 4WD vehicle but good walking fitness is needed to reach less accessible locations. Accommodation at 'base camp' is in glamping tents.

  • Driving and walking
  • 5 nights / 5 days
  • A rare opportunity not to be missed is BOOBOOK’s 5 Day EcoDiscovery Adventure.  Within a maximum group of 16 guests, join in this once in a lifetime chance to access and study biologically rich environments, using industry techniques, while learning from Australian expert ecologists.  Our ecologists have been described as the “David Attenborough” of the Queensland Outback, bringing a wealth of knowledge about the area, its geological history, flora and fauna. They are fabulous mentors and great communicators to boot. During the expedition you will participate in field surveys, exploration walks and wildlife searches to document flora and fauna in some of the most ecologically diverse areas of Outback Queensland.  Data collected contributes to regional and national scientific knowledge and locally is used to help create ecologically sustainable on-ground management outcomes.  While good fitness is required, this fun and informative expedition includes down time to enjoy the open skies, relax beside waterholes and swap yarns around a warm campfire.

    2022 Focus Event

    In BOOBOOK’s first EcoDiscovery Expedition in September 2019, participants explored a section of the upper headwaters of the Dawson River in Queensland’s Carnarvon Range. One of the most exciting finds on this expedition was the discovery of a bottlebrush (Melaleuca sp.) that the Queensland Herbarium could not match to any known species. Further research is required to determine whether this is a new species.

    To date the plant is known from only one small stretch of the Dawson River. During the 2022 EcoDiscovery we will seek to map the known population of this extremely rare plant and explore other sections of the Dawson River to determine whether the bottlebrush is completely confined to this location or if it occurs further afield. While doing this we will explore several of the narrow Dawson River side gorges – these have never before been visited by biologists. Who knows what treasures await to be discovered in these remote and little known areas.

    One of our other focus/target species will be the Tusked Frog (Adelotus brevis) – a threatened species in Queensland. Once common, populations of this species have crashed in many parts of Queensland over the past two decades. This includes the Carnarvon Range where its calls were once commonly heard in places like Carnarvon Gorge. The Dawson River side gorges may contain suitable habitat for this species so we will endeavour to find any evidence that a population might still exist there.

    At all times during the expedition, we’ll be recording all fauna and flora that we see. The Carnarvon Range is home to several rare and threatened plant species so we will be keeping a close eye out for these in all areas explored. We will also be on the hunt for new species of land and freshwater snails – the Carnarvon Range is already known to support at least a dozen endemic molluscs. Who knows how many more are waiting to be discovered?

     

    • Be part of:
      • Research of ecosystems, Australian native species distribution and habitat requirements
      • Discovery of species in areas where no surveys have been conducted before
      • Providing condition baseline assessments for future comparisons
      • Devising management options to help protect valuable ecosystems
    • Learn how to:
      • Use special techniques to identify birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and a range of invertebrate groups.
      • Press, prepare and identify plant specimens.
      • Navigate with GPS and collect valuable ecological data ready for incorporation into databases.

    ITINERARY:

    Each day will consist of a series of the following:

    • Hearty breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day
    • Safety and daily pre-start meetings
    • Overview of the purpose of the survey and the questions we aim to answer
    • Instructions and explanation on a range of ecological survey methods
    • Coaching of techniques to identify plants, vegetation types, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and a range of invertebrates
    • Participation in real life on-ground ecological surveys, including day/night wildlife searches and plant collecting and recording
    • Threatened species search
    • Data entry and use of recording/downloading devices
    • Show & tell of the days finds
    • Dinner around a crackling campfire
    • Rest and relaxation
    • Spotlighting

     

     

    • Walking Difficulty:

      Grade 4 - Moderate to Hard

    • Includes:

      • A unique opportunity to work side by side with our expert ecologists who are key members of our BOOBOOK Ecological team.
      • Exclusive access to some out of the way places few have, or will ever get, the opportunity to explore
      • During the expedition you will participate in field surveys, exploration walks (Grades 4-5) and wildlife searches in some exciting and diverse areas of Outback Queensland to document flora and fauna and discover the unknown. Every day and every tour is guaranteed to be different
      • Transport around the survey locations in BOOBOOK’s 4WD air-conditioned vehicles
      • Participants will stay in ‘glamping tents’ with real beds on this first expedition. There will also be hot showers and flushing toilets at the base camp. All linen supplied
      • Healthy and hearty meals supplied to ensure you’re fuelled for a great adventure each day (including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5).
    • Guests to Bring:

      • Sense of adventure, good humour and questions
      • Backpack or small day pack
      • Full reusable water bottle
      • Comfortable walking / exploring clothes including long pants and long-sleeved shirts and covered-in shoes. Casual evening camp wear
      • Hat
      • Insect repellent
      • Sunscreen
      • Camera
      • Hat
      • Head torch & binoculars (if you have one)
      • Musical instrument
      • Raincoat
      • Swimmers and relaxation attire
      • Warm clothes, as the nights may get cool

    • Tour Size:

      Up to 14 people twin share

    • Beginning & End Times:

      • Arrive in Roma by Midday on 28th April 2022
      • Transfers to airport / Roma by lunchtime 2nd May 2022

      ADDITIONAL NOTES:

      • Mobile phone coverage is limited on the property Mornings may be cool, but the days can warm up to mid 20’s during winter and high 30’s during summer.
      • Activities will include day and night wildlife searches, plant collecting and participating in all day exploration hikes. Be prepared to rough it and potentially carry a load! Walks will be off track and could involve steep slopes (hills/mountains) and narrow gorges with uneven/loose ground, thick vegetation and long grass. Locations may be remote (i.e. several hours) from the nearest town.
      • Tour is weather dependent and a contingency may be required for travel if unexpected weather is experienced during the survey period.

       

    • Accomodation:

      The first night will be in a lovely motel within the town of Roma.  Our home for the next three nights is the Wallaroo Outback Retreat, with 10 recently renovated glamping tents, 5 with ensuites and 5 with rustic detached bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and an atmospheric lodge building built from timber milled on the property. This is camping with style!  At the end of the day enjoy a yarn, a glass of wine and some camp oven cooking around the rustic fire pit while spotting for rock wallabies against the cliffs.

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