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