Link to 2011 Fudan-Queen’s Field Course Blog

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

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Last hurrah for the Chinese participants in Canada.

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Day of Niagara Falls – 27 August 2010

A new take on fast food.

Getting up at 7:30, we drove to the Niagara Falls at about 8:30 after eating breakfast. Instead of driving to Niagara Falls directly, we went to Kingston first. At Kingston, we visited Dr. Wang’s home and met His graduate student who joined us together. Then we started our Niagara Falls’ trip.

早上我们七点半就起床了,早饭后大约八点半左右,我们驱车前往尼亚加拉大瀑布。途中,我们先去了Kingston,在那里,我们参观了王老师的家,他的研究生也加入了我们的尼亚加拉大瀑布之旅。

Niagara Falls, located between the Canadian Province of Ontario and New York of American, is a big waterfall on the Niagara River in the northeast of North America. Before our trip we had heard that the Niagara Falls is one of the most famous marvelous sights in North American, so we wanted to been there as soon as possible. But patience is required because it will take us over 6 hours to arrive there.

尼亚加拉瀑布坐落于加拿大安大略省和美国纽约州的交界处,是北美东北部尼亚加拉河上的大瀑布。在旅程之前,我们已经听说尼亚加拉大瀑布是南美最震撼人心的美景,所以我们都希望能尽早见到它。然而,六个小时的车程让我们不得不耐心等待。

Frankenstein at the Falls.

Half the way, we stop to have lunch. This meal was quite different from others because Dr. Wang gave us a chance to try Chinese buffet. The buffet restaurant has many different kinds of Chinese food and the food is really nice and familiar to us. Thanks to Dr. Wang.

途中,我们停下吃午餐。这顿饭与以往不同,因为王老师请我们尝试中式自助餐。餐厅提供了许多不同的中餐,非常好吃,也非常亲切。王老师真好呀。

We arrived at our destination, the Niagara Falls, at about 6:30 p.m… Along the main street, there are many stores with different features. After buying tickets we got on a ship with raincoats, which would take us near the falls. It was my first time to place ourselves in the waterfall. Everyone on the ship got extremely excited. Although we knew our camera would not survive if we took photos in the waterfalls, we still chose to take a risk since we couldn’t waste each exiting scenes we had met. What was more miraculous? I believe it is that rainbows can be seen on every direction of the Niagara Falls. This kind of experience is lifelong unforgettable.

下午六点半,我们终于到达了目的地——尼亚加拉大瀑布。主干道两旁有许多风格各异的小店。检票后,我们穿上雨披登上了驶向瀑布的游船。这是我第一次置身于瀑布之下,船上的每个人都无比的激动。虽然知道我们的相机可能在瀑布下无法幸免,我们还是冒险一试,这样令人激动的美景又怎能错过呢?!最动人心魄的美莫过于出现在瀑布每个角度的一道道彩虹了。这次的体验将令人永生难忘!

Our night activity was wonderful too. Dr. Wang and Mingzhi divided us into several groups and told us that we could go anywhere as we want. Our group went to see the night sight of the Niagara Falls. And we saw the beautiful fireworks. Then we roamed about every store we can reach. The stores here will never be closed, which is really good news to the tourists. Some of us bought some souvenirs here. After we finished our happy trip, we went back to our hotel at about 2:00 a.m.

晚上的活动同样精彩。王老师和铭志将我们分成了许多小组,并让我们自由活动。我们小组去看了尼亚加拉大瀑布的夜景,并看到了瀑布上动人的烟火。之后,我们细细品味了我们能找到的每一家街边小店。对游客来说最开心的是这里的小店都不会打烊。我们在这里买了一些纪念品。回到旅馆时,已经是凌晨两点了。

View of Niagara Falls.

This is the last day of our course. There are lots of precious memory we will never forget. We all appreciate Professor Lougheed, Dr. Wang and Mingzhi who give us so many help.

这是我们课程的最后一天,这次旅程带给我们太多永远不能忘却的回忆。我们深深的感谢给予我们巨大帮助的Lougheed教授,王老师,以及铭志。

View of Niagara Falls.

Another view of Niagara Falls.

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August 26th – Frontenac Park and our final day at QUBS

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Wetland with snags at Frontenac Provincial Park.

After a tired day, we got up a little late. We listened to reports from two students of Yuxiang Wang—Rhiannon and Adrienne. The presenter Rhiannon is a very cute and charming sister, who had joined the same course three years ago. According to her presenting, we had a better understanding of muscle energetics in Pumpkinseed, Bluegill and hybrids. Also, we knew their differences in hypoxia tolerance. After a short break, we continued the report about “Molecular analysis of the population structure and levels of genetic diversity in the yellow catfish in the Upper Yangtze River Basin ,China”. From Adrienne’s report, we knew her study area and project, microsatellite development of for P.vachlli, fragmentation (as a result of dam construction) and so on.

After lunch, Yuxiang and Mingzhi drive us to the friends of Frontenac Park. On the way to the park, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the way. Blue sky ,large scale of farmland, and we singing all the way made us enjoy the whole way. We passed by the Wolfe lake and Canoe lake. The provincial park has 22 lakes, vast network of canoe routes, and over 160 kilometres of hiking trails. The park is situated on the Frontenac Axis, the most southerly projection of the rugged Canadian Shield. We choose the Doe Lake Trail, which is about 3 kilometres in length and took 2hours to hike at a steady peace. As we explored the trail , we discovered such a diverse range of habitats, plants and animals. wood frog, grey treefrog (found by Jianling), American toad, common loon, different lichens and also a beaver pond and dam.

We  enjoyed the beautiful scene and fresh air and took many photos.  Almost 5 O’clock in the afternoon, Yuxiang would go to Kingston to change a larger car for tomorrow’s leaving. So he can took four students together with him to the downtown. Xiaojiao, Jiangling, Zhangying and Frank were the representatives to  go there. We firstly  went to the Book store. Jianling bought several field guide books. Later we  went to Dollar house in the downtown to buy many cheap and nice goods. At 9 o’clock, we rushed to the promised place, then , Yuxiang drove us back to the QUBS. Other  students after hiking in the national park have cleaned up the white house we lived in. Tonight is the last night we stay at QUBS and early in the next morning we will start our new journey to the most famous fall. Looking forwards to tomorrow’s journey and we will store the two weeks’ best memory on QUBS deep in our mind. At last, we say goodbye to  QUBS and say thank you to Dr.Wang and Mingzhi Qu!(02:59 Aug 27th written by Xiaojiao and Jianling)

Small wetland habitat at Frontenac Park.

疲惫的一天过后,我们今天起的比较晚。早餐过后,我们开始了一天的学习。十点钟,Rhiannon和Adriennne Powell给我们做了两个讲座。Rhiannon是一个很可爱的姐姐,我们都很喜欢她。再次见到她真是开心。她给我们讲述了关于Pumpkinseed, Bluegill和它们杂交种生物肌动力方面的研究。宇翔的另一个学生Adrienne给我们带来了同样精彩的报告。她的研究课题是运用分子生物学的方法分析种群结构和长江上游地区的马氏黄桑的基因多样性。她还提到了中国修建大坝的问题等。
讲座结束已经12点多了,我们很嗨的跑上楼去吃午饭。午饭过后,翔哥和铭志带我们去Frontenac Park。翔哥车开得可好了,一路飙车,我们很开心的在车上听歌,真爽啊!我们来到了Frontenac国家公园。这座国家公园座落于Frontenac Axis,拥有22个天然湖泊,庞大的游船路线和各种徒步的路线。徒步的路线有长有短,所耗时间也不一样,每条路线的信息我们都能从免费发放的地图上获得。因为时间有限,我们选择了一条耗时大约在2小时,沿着湖畔的路线。
走着走着,简舲眼前突然晃过一只绿绿的东西,她以为是只甲虫。退回去一看,原来是只漂亮的青蛙。绿油油的,这是我们在野外见到的颜色最漂亮的一只。
快五点钟的时候,翔哥突然呼叫我们。原来他已经回到门口了,他说要来不及了,要去金斯屯(请用东北话念)的快来。于是晓娇、简舲、张滢和Frank狂奔而去。到金斯屯后,我们首先在罗老师家前停下了。罗老师给我们每人发了一瓶可乐,真好,嘿嘿。然后翔哥就让我们去逛了,规定我九点回来。
我们首先到了书店,简舲终于买到了field guide book,她可开心了!可是没有买到翔哥研究的fish的书,有点小伤心。然后我们来到了One Dollar House。大家很高兴的开始买东西,真是便宜啊,都有点不敢买了。在那里呆了一个多小时,终于出来了。然后Frank去给军燕和政旎买邮票,先去邮局,关门了;然后去书店,没有卖;最后我们在马路边等Frank,他一个人去买,不知道跑到哪儿了,终于买到了,还好,Frank没丢。眼看九要九点钟,我们又要狂奔回去了。差点迷路,还好这时GPS帮了忙,虽然它快要没电了。我们到了不久,翔哥他们就来了。翔哥为了明天能带我们去尼亚加拉瀑布,特意跑这么远去换了一辆车。还带了我们四个去金斯屯,翔哥真是辛苦了。四十多分钟后,我们回到了QUBS。

Thank you to the QUBS kitchen.

回来之后看见房里有个大大的吸尘器,原来大家都打扫卫生了,辛苦了。来到厨房,发现一个红红的苹果下面压着一封感谢信,是军燕代表大家写给Veronica的。
明天就要离开QUBS了,真是舍不得。明天翔哥和铭志要开车带我们去尼亚加拉,路上有六个小时。翔哥、铭志,早点休息吧,谢谢你们,辛苦了!

GPS track for August 26th.

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August 25th – Visit to Queen’s University main campus.

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

8-24 Kingston city and lab tour

Visiting Queen's campus.

We visited Kingston city today which is just one hour drive from QUBS. We arrived campus of Queen’s around nine in the morning and get a glimpse on Queen’s University before lab tour in Biology Complex building. The campus is mixed up with town roads, no distinct borders, which is very different from China where universities usually have fences and borders. Unfortunately, Mingzhi had to run back to park site every two hours (maximum permitted time) for a new parking ticket, which keeps him quite busy.

We visited Steve with his graduate and PhD students; his pets: three snakes one turtle in his office. We also take a look at P.E.A.R.L (Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Labratory) where we meeting Prof Cumming and Heather again. The Biological Complex building is really a compound department of biology, environment, chemistry and geography. Many laboratories here are doing research in a mixed field, and some professors have two offices or labs separately locate with different subject workmates for they are studying something combined two sciences together. It is pretty cool thing to keep people of different field together for cooperate research and actually construct a place to make them work together. This idea fits a fact that science front of today is in mixed research field.

Getting to know a snake in Steve Lougheed's officie.

After the lab tour we had lunch downtown with vice president of Queen’s. We ordered the table so late that the only chief in the restaurant can’t be busier making all the dishes. After all it served delicious food.

After several hours hanging around in the city, we dead to the sunset show of Royal Military University at 19:30. The school is on the river shore of St. Lawrence where it meets lake Ontario. The old Kingston city has such a critical location that it was the capital and one of most important cities in Canada. Though the capital had been moved to Ottawa in 20th centuries, military sites of old capital is reserved and involved into the military show and university today. The show contains band play on music of traditional Canada celebrating songs and military show simulates real fight in old times. The “soldiers” are well trained and dressed, with perfect action they present the most attractive part of the old town Kingston.

Finally we come back to QUBS is nearly 23:00. The kitchen staff saved our dinner, which are even nicer as we are hungry. What a busy and dazzling day!

BTW, thanks to Yuxiang and Mingzhi drive us all around!

我们今天去了金士顿城区,从这儿到我们的生物考察站只有一个小时的路程。到金士顿大概是早上9:00了,这儿我们在校园简单的逛了一圈。女王大学是一所拥有悠久历史的大学,坐在校园了我们都能感受到浓郁的文化气氛,在校园了一路走过们都是与松鼠做伴,这份难得的惬意让我们流连忘返。大约10:00左右,我们参观了这儿的实验大楼,首先到的是Steve的办公室,在这儿我们看到了Steve养的宠物——蛇,大家都很兴奋地“与蛇共舞”。接下来,我们参观了这儿一系列的实验室,这是和中国不太一样的实验室:它们是综合的实验室,有益于各种实验的高效进行,这儿的实验器材也是大家共用,这样也更能有益于资源共享。除此之外,我们还看了很多其他的实验室,如DNA分析,微生物分析等的实验室,在这儿我们简单了解到了他们的研究进程,也认识到了这儿先进的科研技术。上午的最后一站我们和Queen的副校长一起参观了温室大棚,这是Queen的标志建筑之一。

Heather introducing PEARL.

中午,副校长请我们吃了一顿丰富的Pizza午餐,但是要吃到美味总不是一件容易的是,两个小时后我们总算是吃上了午餐。之后,我们到了Queen的纪念品商店——书店,这儿有很多女王大学的纪念衫,大家在这儿都购得不亦乐乎。满载而归后我们一起出发去了加拿大的皇家军事学院,这是加拿大唯一一所陆军学校。现在是修下时期,所以这儿训练的学生也不太多。

晚上7:00我们参观了皇家军事学院的军事演习,这是专门为旅游儿设计的表演性军事演习,表演者身着红色军装,演奏了他们在各个场合要奏的军乐,表演了各种阵型——大炮,狙击等。晚上11:00我们回到了大本营,一天的行程也就此结束了。

GPS track for August 25th.

Sunset ceremony at Fort Henry.

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August 24th Working with Brian Cumming.

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

8.24 Sunny

Dr. Brian Cumming arrives!

Dr. Brian Cumming showing a sediment core from Lake Opinicon.

今天,高个子Cumming教授为我们带来了全新的课程——湖泊水体微生物调查。我们在船上度过了阳光灿烂的一天。
全体同学分为两组,交替在浅水区(littoral zone)和深水区(pelagic zone)取样调查。一开始,Cumming教授教我们认识水生植物,水下森林被长长的“钉耙”捞上水面,这些植物的名字形象极了,例如“coons tail”恰如毛绒绒的浣熊尾巴,“parrots feather”好似鹦鹉羽毛,斑马贻贝曾广泛附着在池杂草上,现在水质改善已经少了些,今天捞上的池杂草只有一株上面粘有斑马贻贝。还有螺旋形的水芹,释放的雄花白花花漂满水面。

今天的主要内容是学习使用各种仪器,这些设计巧妙,有各种稀奇古怪结构功能的取样仪器多以发明人名字命名,比如Eckcma,Schindler(不是电影里那个辛德勒哦)之类。许多仪器配有一个“秤砣”,将仪器放入水下,用绳子投放标记水深,到达指定位置放下“秤砣”,依靠重力打开机关,密封仪器取样。老师示范后每人都轮流试了一把,看着容易做起来就不一样了,少不了几次失败的尝试,不是机关提前打开就是没提出水面样品就漏了。

Sampling from the barge.

最奇妙的是Glow core,投下水后取出一米多深的一管湖底淤泥(表面还有一根蚊子幼虫),将收集管固定在专业工具上,每次0.25cm一点点向上推塞子,淤泥从上面溢出,一层层被收集到收集袋中就得到了不同深度的湖底淤泥样品。在晚上的讲座中我们还了解到湖底淤泥的不同层次还记录了历年的气候情况,就如树木年轮一般,是研究气候变化的调查手段之一。

收集了样本后,我们带着贴满标签的瓶瓶袋袋满载而归,回到实验室在显微镜下寻找湖水中的小生灵。微生物在显微镜下展现出它们及其对称的美丽身姿,对照彩色图鉴,我们一共认出30种微生物!

P.S.今天Merlyn吃了五根香肠!没吃饱。。。

Today, tall person Professor Cumming has brought the brand-new curriculum – - lake water body microorganism investigation for us. First time of this course, we spent the whole day on the boat and the lab.

Sedimate sampling on Lake Opinicon.

We have been divided into two groups, alternately (littoral zone) and the prefunded zone (pelagic zone). Each group need to take a sample the investigation in shallow water. From the very beginning, Professor Cumming taught us how to identify some common aquatic plants and some knowledge about aquatic environment. The submarine plants was scooped up by long “the toothed rake”, these plants is named basic on their appearance, for example “coons tail” has been as though the furry raccoon tail extremely, “parrots feather” seemed the parrot feather. Other common aquatic animal ,such as the zebra mussel, once widely adhered to stick cohere on the pond weed, with the help of organization and projects, the water quality has improved a lot. Today, the weed we scooped up the pond weed only attaches little zebra mussels. Because of such change of the water quality, we can see a plenty of the water salary’s flowers blooming under the water.

Our primary coverage today was learning how to use each kind of instrument. The interesting thing is most of these instruments are named by their inventors, just like “Eckcma”, and “Schindler” (not the one in the movie). Many instruments have one “metal stuff”, puts in the instrument submarine, with the string delivery mark water depth, arrived assigns the position to lay down “the steelyard weight”. Then it depended upon the gravity to open the institution, sealed the instrument sample. After teacher demonstrated, each person in turn has tried, looked so easy but it was really hard to make it work.

The most marvelous was Glow core, after throwing the sewer, it took out meter deep lake bottom silt (surface also to have a mosquito larva), fixed the collecting pipe on the specialized tool, each time 0.25cm little upwardly pushes the plug, the silt

Observing algae in the lab under the microscope.

overflows from above, one was collected layer upon layer collects in the bag to obtain the different depth lake bottom silt sample. We also understood in evening’s course the lake bottom silt of different level has also recorded all previous years’ weather condition, like the tree ring, studies one of climatic change investigation methods.

After has collected the sample, we brought to paste a full bottle of bag to return home, back to the laboratory to seek for the small organism in the lake water under the microscope. With the help of the handbook, we altogether recognized 30 kinds of microorganisms!

P.S. Merlyn (in a shining pink T-shirt) has eaten five sausages today! But he still felt hungry…

Water samples.

Under the scope.

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August 23rd Elbow Lake and other activities.

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Professor Steve Lougheed discussing frog call phenology-climate change project at Elbow Lake.

今天又是阴雨连绵的一天。上午八点半我们乘车来到elbow lake。这里原是惠普公司高层度假用地,现在正在成为QUBS的一部分。由于此湖未与其他江湖相连,相对封闭独立,无入侵物种,故这里有很高的科研价值。我们在Steve的带领下,在湖边徒步,跨过山丘,穿过树林,找寻到海狸修建的大坝和窝。这些窝就是神奇的海狸之家——海狸在适合的地方修建了大坝,拦截上流的水,使得洼地里水位上升,使该地区内树木相继死亡,并将树木啃断,吃食树木的花和叶。它们将一个地区的食物吃光就搬到其它区域,促进了该区域湿地生态系统的发展。Steve给我们介绍到,为了记录各种青蛙的叫声和监测湿地的气候、温度等指标的变化,在3块海狸筑坝的湿地安置了功能强大的监测仪,监测仪由麦克风、温度计等部分构成。此外,Steve还给我们介绍了蛙类出现和光线、满月、温度等的关系。沿途而下我们穿越了小片灌木丛,因为连续降雨的缘故,地面变得更为泥泞。一路上,我们还关注了雨后冒出的很多蘑菇和菌类,以及各种鸟类和两栖动物。虽然一路走来,我们都略显疲惫和狼狈,但当我们站在山头,却也感觉到特别的神清气爽。很多中国学生可能这是第一次拥有这样的经历,却让我们所有的人无一例外地体会到了大自然的独特魅力。
经过几小时的跋涉,我们中午我们在温暖的木屋里进行了简单的午餐。毕竟冒着雨徒步了好几小时,大家都在车上都睡着了。老师充分考虑到大家的需求,给了我们一个很大的惊喜。一觉醒来,就把我们带到了期待已久的购物场,但遗憾的是这个惊喜让我们措手不及,大家一身运动打扮几乎身无分文,还好王老师慷慨解囊,最终两个小时的购物后大家都满载而归。
饥肠辘辘的我们终于得晚饭前回到了大本营,丰富的晚餐让每个人都十分满足。饭后是王老师给我们带来了“Thoughts for fish,water and environment?”,以亚马逊流域和西藏地区为例进行详细的介绍。之后依然是“美丽中国”纪录片,今天是西藏篇,这一集是BBC邀请王老师作为科学顾问共同拍摄完成的。在这集的介绍中,我们领略到了西藏的文化的魅力以及当地人与生态环境的和谐相处。

Fudan and Southwest students at Elbow Lake with Steve Lougheed.

A nasty raining day, but still we put on our water-proof coats, even rain coat and brought plenty of water and food. We headed out to our hiking destination: Elbow Lake, which used to be a resort of HP and became part of QUBS not long ago.
Isolated with other lakes, Elbow Lake is not invaded by any kind of exotic species, such as zebra mussels, which guarantees its high scientific research value.
In the guidance of Steve Lougheed, we walked along the lake, went across bushes, until we arrived a pond made by beavers. They built the dam using wood and bushes, mud and leaves. With the help of water flow, the dam is strong enough to block the water flow and raise water level so that they can build beaver houses in the middle of the wetland.  Safe and comfortable, they really know how to enjoy life, don’t they? And they also help the formation of wetland in the mean time which benefits a lot to other animals and plants, and themselves, as long as they don’t hit themselves when cutting down a tree.

Active beaver dam on HP property.

Steve is also doing a very interesting research in these wetlands. He is monitoring the temperature and humidity of the microclimate of some chosen wetlands, the most important, the calling time and pattern of different kinds of frogs. The inspiration came from an exist research about the relationship between frog breeding season and climate change. Some frog species may not be able to deal with climate change which will be reflected on their population and other aspects. It is a 20 years research; hopefully, we will know what’s happening 17 years later.

We could still find a lot of interesting creatures in a raining day, like fungi, moss, lichen, birds and amphibians. But we were supposed to be able to find lizards in a sunny day when they come out for sun bath.

We ate sandwiches, cookies, peanuts and grapes in a beautiful cabin near the lake. Yuxiang and Mingzhi wouldn’t tell us the schedule for afternoon. It sounded like they had a big surprise for us, which did surprise us a lot when we woke up on the van and found ourselves in front of a big shopping mall. None of us expected to go shopping in the morning, let alone being wise enough to bring any money, even credit card. Yuxiang helped us again, generously.

Figurines at local store.

Nothing is better than yummy dinner in QUBS. Yuxiang gave us a lecture about his major research on comparative physiology and fish adaptation, named Thoughts for Fish, Water and Environment. He talked about Pirarucu, a large air-breathing fish and Oscar, low oxygen tolerant fish, and other weird fishes living in the Amazon, and also scale-less carp living in Qinghai Lake, Tibet. After the lecture, Yuxiang was proud to show us the documentary Wild China: Tibet, which he was invited to help filming.

GPS track for August 23rd 2010.

Getting ready to hike at Elbow Lake.

QUBS lodge at night.

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August 22nd – The Chinese students forge ahead at QUBS!

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

今天我们一如既往地早起,饥肠辘辘,可7点半却没有听见早餐的钟声,原来今天是9点到12点的早午餐,还要等上一等才能吃到丰盛的食物。10点,我们分坐两部车出发去远足。

We got up early as usual, hungry, but we didn’t hear the bell sound for breakfast at 7:30, it turns out to be that today, as Sunday, will serve brunch from 9 to 12, which means that we have to wait a while to enjoy the favorable food. At 10, we went out for hiking by two cars,

Morning hike.

来到远足路线的入口,我们拿到了一张标有路线的地图和几个GPS,依靠这两个东西我们要徒步完成整个路线。我们信心满满地走向树林深处,茂密的枫树夹着林间小路,宁静而美好,天公不作美,细细的小雨飘着渐渐打湿了我们外衣。在一片湿地旁,我们看到了传说中的“Beaver Pond”就是由于一群河狸在水中筑坝建巢,在河道中形成了一个小型水库,抬高的水位是淹死了树木,而河狸则啃噬树干,树木倒下后它们就能吃到最爱的花和叶。这样的水坝结构精妙,一路上我们见到不少河狸的杰作,而我们组的曹政在踩了一脚泥之后,终于站在了河狸房子的房顶上。除此之外,我们还见到不少好看的大型真菌和地衣,大家纷纷拿出相机拍了下来。经过了3个多小时的步行,我们终于到达了远足的终点,大家的样子都有点狼狈,湿漉漉的头发和衣服,沾满泥水的裤管,这是一次独特的体验。

At the entrance of the hiking place, we got a map with route and several GPS, we have to finish the entire route on foot. We stepped into the woods with full confidence. The road is surrounded by many maple trees, everything is quite and beautiful. But the weather is not that good, the drizzle wet our coats. Beside a wetland, there have we seen the Beaver

Ready to get wet.

Pond, a small dam that is constructed by beavers. The raised water level has drown the woods while the beavers gnawed off the outer side of the tree so that they can have the flowers and leaves which they loved to eat. The dams that beavers built are fine and ingenious in the organization. After step into the marsh for many times, our group member Merlin has finally reach the “roof” of the beavers’ home. We have seen many master pieces of beavers all alone the road, besides we have also seen many nice large fungi and lichen which have made us take out our camera and take the photo. After 3 hours’ hiking, we final reached the termination, everybody is wet. With cloth and hair all wet, the trouser legs wet with mud, such is one unique experience.

回到lodge后,我们刚换了衣服吃了小饼干补充能量,就马不停蹄地迎来了一场讲座。讲座的内容是关于汞对水生生物及人类的影响。主讲人Roxame是个非常美丽可爱的姐姐,去年也曾在复旦大学进行过为期4个月的研究。通过她的演讲,我们了解了汞在生物链中的富集作用、同位素追踪汞的方法以及不同水体和生物链中个体汞含量的差异。

Roxanne Razavi giving a talk.

After we returned to the lodge, we had no extra time to rest after we changed cloth and have several cookies but to have a lecture on the influence of mercury on aqua-animals and human. The presenter Roxanne is a very beautiful and charming sister, who had made a four-month-research in Fudan University during the last year. According to her presenting, we have gain knowledge about the accumulation of mercury in the food chain, use isotopes to trace mercury and the different amount of mercury in individuals of food chain and water bodies.

晚上,在用过了丰盛晚餐之后,我们观看了野性中国的第六集,通过鸟类的迁徙路线,讲述了中国的海岸生态环境以及生物多样性。这就是我们一天的生活,我们期待着一个更加精彩的明天!

After a sumptuous dinner in the evening, we watched the sixth episode of “Wild China”. The show told about the coastal environment and biodiversity of China through the migration route of birds. Such is a day of our life, we are looking forward to a more exciting tomorrow!

GPS track for August 22nd 2010.

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