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Steamboat Mountain School Australia 2017

Posted by Marta Miskolczy on Apr 28, 2017 10:57:35 AM
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Chip '17

We heard about this hike up a hill called Castle Rock and talked about it the previous night. Since we only had a little bit of time in the morning, we couldn't hike up like we would have preferred. We got to the top just in time to see the sunrise, and it was magnificent with amazing colors of red, orange, and yellow. At one part, the sun was so defined and clear we could watch it  for a few minutes before it got too bright. After a little while, Cole, Yoshi, and I climbed down some rocks to an over look of the town and took some cool pictures. Waking up at 5 am was required to make the hike, but it was totally worth it for the amazing experience of watching the sun rise. 


Vidal '18
I've seen many koalas in my life, but mainly in the zoos.  So, when I heard we where going to go see koalas in the wild, I went wild.  We went out to some land to do research on koala population in that area.  The way we checked the population was through the koala poop. We stretched a 50 meter rope and walked along it and picked up koala poop.  There were two jobs: poop picker upper and poop sniffer.  Of course, everyone chose me to be the poop sniffer.  My group consisted of Annalise, Colton, Nicole, and Mr. Morse, a great group of intelligent people with no idea what koala poop looked like.  So, we picked up what we thought was koala scat... it wasn't.  We had picked up possum and wallaby poop, and of course thinking that I was doing my job, I smelled it.  Now, by now you are probably wondering why I had to smell poop. Well, it was to determine how fresh it was.  Neither of those poops where fresh smelling like regular animal food.  So, once we figured out what actually koala poop looked like, we found one piece.  Overall, we came to the conclusion that there were not very many koalas in the area. 


Ansel '17

Today we spent the day learning about koalas. I definitely learned much more than I had expected. Our tour guide had a lot of knowledge that I wouldn't even expect to learn about any animal. Her knowledge went beyond the simple facts, and that really impressed me. Something I found really interesting was her perspective on preservation and protection of koalas. While she really enjoys her animals, especially Koalas, she brought up a point that opposed the typical standpoint towards preserving endangered animals. While most people believe that animals should be preserved no matter what, our tour guide informed us that preserving specific animals is not always economically smart. Because koalas do not have any direct impact on the environment, their presence is not that important in the wilderness and the Australian government does not always prioritize the preservation of koalas. However, humans preserve the things they physically enjoy, and koalas are something humans visually enjoy. Preservationists claim that the presence of koalas in Australia is super important because it brings revenue to the country. Her presentation shed light on a new perspective towards preserving animals that I never thought of before, and I'm glad I have that new perspective. 

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