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JAN 181: Wildlife Conservation: Australia
Batemans Bay, Australia; Bulli, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Katoomba, Australia; Newcastle, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2019 12/31/2017 03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Course Title:
Wildlife Conservation: Australia

Course Description:
Australia is home to some of the most incredible wildlife and plants on the planet.  However, Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world and a high proportion of their surviving animals and plants (over 1,700 species) are listed as threatened with extinction!

This aim of this course is to study the Australian Wildlife Conservation culture in order to better understand the challenges being faced in different regions of the country, and to explore the strategies being utilized combat these challenges.

We will visit and volunteer with several wildlife conservation organizations, national parks, and wildlife parks throughout Australia.  Wildlife conservation professionals, scientists, and Aboriginal rangers will educate us on issues such as: habitat damage, over exploitation, pollution, invasive species, and climate change.

The first half of our journey will begin in the tropical city of Cairns, known as “the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”  Our home-base will be on Fitzroy Island, where we will work with the “Save Our Sea Turtles” organization on various habitat restoration projects and to help care for their rescued turtles.  We will also explore the Great Barrier Reef with biologist-led boat tours and snorkeling in order to get a first hand experience of this natural wonder.

The journey continues in New South Wales, in and around the Sydney area where we will work with wildlife conservation programs including “The Australian Koala Foundation,” “Bent’s Basin Wombat Program,” and “Queanbeyan Platypus Awareness and Conservation Strategy.”  We will also visit regional wildlife parks and explore the Royal, Jerrawangala, and Budawang National Parks.

Other activities will include hiking, kayaking, surfing, and visiting cultural sites during free time.  Accommodations will include light camping in maintained campgrounds, cabins, and hotels.  Throughout the adventure students should expect to participate in regular, light to moderate physical activity, especially during habitat restoration and wildlife conservation program volunteering days.  Conditions will often be hot and humid with ample rain.

Division:
Upper Division

Prerequisites:
Permission of the instructor.  Classes in environmental science, biology, or anthropology are a plus.  Students must attend an informational meeting (details below).

Reading List:
Greg Pyers, John Dahlenburg, and Robert Gott.  Keeping the Animals: Wildlife Conservation in Australia (CIS Cardigan Street Publishers, 1995).
Emma Gregg.  The Rough Guide to East Coast Australia. (Rough Guides; 1st edition, 2008).
 
Basis for Final Grade:
Pre-travel Australian wildlife conservation research paper (8-10 pages) (20%)
Daily Journal with directed writings (20%)
Wildlife conservation project (20%)
Final exam on reading material and from experiences during the class (20%)
Quality of participation (20%).  This is a subjective grade based on enthusiasm, teamwork, and participation in required activities, as well as consideration of the group, country, its citizens, and culture.