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Think Global, Act Local: a field trip to the Cumberland Plains

Sunday, Congress participants had the opportunity to go on a field trip to experience and learn about local culture and conservation. I chose a field trip entitled, Think Global Act Local to the Cumberland Plains, to learn about local history, culture and conservation. Cumberland Plains is an area about 40 km outside of Sydney that is home to two National Parks, Cattai and Scheyville. They are parks that border rural acreages and contain reclaimed land. We learned about these areas from the local National Wildlife Service officers and representatives from the local Deerubbin Aboriginal Land Council.

We saw Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the wild and learned about 21 species of micro bats. Much of the focus of the day was on management, especially that of invasive species like the African Love grass and African olive tree. Similar to Canada, settlers suppressed fired when they came to this land and this has greatly impacted these ecosystems. As a result, controlled burns are a large park on the management of these areas. 

Although we come from the opposite side of the world, it is interesting to discover how many commonalities we share. Conservation is a universal language and we are able to have meaningful conversations and connect with people all over the globe about these important issues at this congress.