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Last full day at QUBS for Canadian & Chinese students together – August 20th

Mark Conboy at an early morning demonstration of mist netting and bird banding.

This is the last full day for Canadian students at QUBS, also the last day of the course. Chinese students will stay here for another week before the course is finished. After an early wake up at 5:30, we set out for Cow Island for bird watching at 6:00. Dawn is the best time of the day for bird watching; usually this activity should begin preparing before it, so actually we are not so early. Our guide is Mark Conboy, who is quite proficient in bird natural history. In between a couple of trees and bushes, we set up a mist net, near the border of the island in wet soil. Our purpose of setting a capture net is to closely observe some birds particularly apparent those of this marshy region. However, even with recorded birds songs playing for half an hour, and with several of them hanging around for a while in the trees (Common Yellowthroat, Black and white Warbler), those birds come to the net. It is one of the hardest time if the year for bird watching, that is late summer, when the breeding is completed for most birds; what’s more, when winter is coming and spring has gone that

migrating birds are probably not here. After that we finished breakfast at around 8:00. Steve gave a talk on bird diversity, which partially compensated the dearth of birds in early morning.

Around twelve of us went to do two additional wetlands assessment near QUBS, using GPS mapping and various water assessment devices before lunch. The others stay in the lodge to clean and talk about activities we had these days.

We visited Gananoque, a town near Kingston on the river bank of St. Lawrence River. On board at 15:00, we then took a tour on the river around 1000 Islands. The landscape of this river is quite different from Yangtze in China. Despite better water quality, there are many islands in the middle of rivers, the topography is plain with

Assessing water chemistry.

hills, comparing to our tour in Yangtze where mountains and cliffs are distinct and the river course is narrow and severe. As the boats goes, wetlands at intervene between water bodies and lands are found everywhere on St. Lawrence, unfortunately the natural correspond landscape in upper Yangtze is covered by the stored water of the Three Gorges Dam forever.

Island cottage on the St. Lawrence River near Gananoque.

After dinner at QUBS we spent 2 hours finishing the map of Canadian puzzles before camp fire party (we talked into mid night around the fire at the lake), and this will be a memory kept of QUBS for this field course and all of us. The day finished when there are only a couple of hours left before daybreak, marked the final goodbye tomorrow.

Bon voyage, everyone!


早上刚天亮我们就开始了今天特殊的行程……6:00大家简单地填了下肚子就到了奶牛岛. Mark叫我们认识到了一个新鲜的捕鸟工具——捕鸟网,这是个简单的捕鸟工具,由两根金属杆和几根线和一张网构成,但它对捕捉体积小的鸟也是非常有用的。最备好网后大家几乎是摈弃凝神在一旁耐心的等待,可遗憾的是近一个小时的等待我们还是没有机会看到捕到鸟,Mark说这可能是因为时间和天气的原因,我们因该早点起床做好准备,这样看到机会就大很多了,后来Mark跟我们讲述了调查鸟的方法:用一个有数字标记的小圈套在捕回的鸟腿上,这样又便于做分析。另外还给我们介绍了两本有关于鸟类的书籍,这是学习鸟分类的必备。捕鸟归来,早饭后Steve给我们讲了一堂生动的“湿地鸟类多样性”课,虽然我们了解的有限,但大家还是充满了兴趣。午饭前我们一行14人还分别去了两个湿地,那儿不如奶牛岛大,但是这儿却又不同的湿地结构,这也让我们了解不少。

Blue-spotted salamander captured by Kimberly in one last field trip after dinner.




Making the 1000-piece puzzle of Canada map after dinner, to be signed by all!

Finished and signed puzzle.

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