Wildlife Biology and Rehabilitation Students Take New Zealand!Wildlife Biology and Rehabilitation Students Take New Zealand!

Wildlife Biology and Rehabilitation Students Take New Zealand!

About the Trip

Thousands of hectares of New Zealand are suffering from destruction and neglect. Native wildlife is disappearing. Plant and animal pests accelerate the destruction. Only through the willing efforts of dedicated people can all this be reversed and the great beauty of New Zealand be restored and protected. New Zealand is one of the top countries in wildlife and underwater conservation. There are many wildlife rehabilitators in New Zealand who would love to share information and exchange knowledge with rehabilitators from the United States.

This is what led Lees-McRae Wildlife Rehabilitation students to New Zealand! The class offered students the opportunity learn about wildlife care and conservation in New Zealand, participate in service projects for the rehabilitators in the country, and learn about the Maori culture and explore the southern New Zealand Alps!


   


Student Journals

December 17, 2013

Brad Skinner
Today we arrived in Auckland, New Zealand around 10 a.m. Our whole group was on the plane for a good 13 hour flight so once we landed everyone was so excited to get off the plane and feel the warm weather outside.

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December 19, 2013

Lauren Lampley
Everyone woke up at 6 a.m. because the sun rises very early at around 5 a.m. For breakfast we made omelets, bagels, cereal, ham and potatoes, and actual in-season fruit. Driving around in New Zealand, the country is all rolling hills and farmland so you can see for miles around.

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December 20, 2013

Lauren Mulleady
Plans were changed so we ended up going to Duder Park. Originally we were supposed to go to the marsh in Maranda but because of our travels the day before we decided to stay close to Mandy’s house.

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December 20, 2013

Shay Hodgson
The morning went smoothly. Everyone was ready before our 9:15 a.m. deadline, allowing us to move more mulch and help feed the birds. Dr. Bolt worked with one of the birds and diagnosed it with an easy to treat yeast infection in the crop.

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December 21, 2013

Rebekah Harp
“On the road again. Just can’t wait to get on the road again…”
And that is exactly what we did. Today we traveled from the big city of Auckland to a smaller city called Rotorura. It was bittersweet having to pack up and leave from Mandi’s house.

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December 22, 2013

Nina Fischesser
Today was an early to rise day at 6:30, as we were to have a full day of visiting two centers. The first was Rainbow Springs. Thanks, Jim Wooten, for being our sponsor on this fabulous experience.

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December 23-24, 2013

Cooper Price
We woke up at 6:30 in Rotorua at the hostel called Crash Palace. Nina woke Dr. Bolt, Adam, Brad, and I up by singing a good morning song.

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December 25-26, 2013

Rachelle Cleveland
We woke up at 6:30 a.m. at Sue and Steve’s house in Opunake, NZ. There was a dull gray sky and a light mist in the air with the nine of use kids lagging from the early wake up call.

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December 27, 2013

Andi Davis
Today we left The Bug behind to go to a Seal Colony viewing point and on to our next destination. Before we could leave, we had to wait for a repairman to fix the trunk latch on our van.

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December 28, 2013

Adam Chivers
We woke up around 8:00am to get ready to leave the hostel. I forget what it was called, but we call it the beach hostel.

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December 30, 2013

Dr. Lee Bolt
On our second day in Franz Josef, NZ, (gateway to the Alps on the South Island), clouds smothered the glaciers. The morning began with showers which vacillated from light to heavy throughout the day.

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December 31, 2013 -
January 1, 2014

Brad Skinner
We woke up in the morning at France Josef to pack our things and eat breakfast. A lot of us got WiFi one last time before we left because we didn’t know when we would have WiFi again.

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January 2, 2014

Lauren Lampley
We woke up on our second morning in Lake Tekapo and had to be ready to leave the Hostel by 10 a.m. We had an appointment today at the Black Stilt captive breeding center at 11 am in Twizel - an hour’s drive away.

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January 3-4, 2014

Shay Hodgson
Two people were sick this morning and two stayed behind while the rest of us headed up to Mount Cook around 9:30 a.m. On the way, we saw a very flat rainbow painting the mountains, and we stopped to let Andi take pictures.

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January 5, 2014

Rebekah Harp
Yesterday we arrived to the town of Oamaru with the anticipation of getting to see the penguins, and I for one was not disappointed. Last night, we got to walk down to the pier where the Little Blue Penguins come up out of the ocean to return to their nests.

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January 6, 2014

Nina Fischesser
Today we met Rosalie from the Katiki Pt. Yellow Eyed Penguin Colony to go to a private reserve owned by some friends of hers who are trying to create a sustainable life, while turning the non-farmed land back into it’s original native form on their 50-acre farm.

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January 7-8, 2014

Lauren Mulleady
We all had to be up and ready to go by 8:30 that morning to be ready to meet up at the Little Blue center down the street from our hostel. Our “camp mum”, Agra, who runs our hostel, set up a special meeting with one of the women who work with the little blues for us.

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January 9, 2014

Cooper Price
It was a regular Thursday morning in Oamaru and it was going to be the last day we went to the light house to help do yard work for the penguin rehabber named Rosalie Goldsworthy.

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