St. John’s students are provided with a great opportunity next school year. A two-week eco trip will be in the southern part of Croatia where students will be collecting data about the biodiversity and examining the community structure. The trip is organised by Operation Wallacea (www.opwall.com) for Grade 10 students.
WEEK 1 – The project will be at Krka National Park. Students will have the opportunity to take part in various surveys including reptile surveys, cave surveys (including transects monitoring cave fauna and soil sampling), bird mist net surveys, butterfly Pollard counts and mammal surveys (including camera trapping for wolf, fox and jackal populations). Additionally, students will also complete a lecture-series about Balkan’s wildlife ecology, apex predators and food webs, reptile communities and niche overlap.
WEEK 2 – In the Mljet National Park, the oldest marine park in the Mediterranean, students can complete their PADI Open Water dive training, or if they are already qualified (or just wish to snorkel), they can take part in an Adriatic ecology course. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the analysis of data from stereo video monitoring, tortoise monitoring and assisting with seagrass monitoring surveys.
Scheduled Dates of the Trip: July 11 – 24, 2019
Maximum number of students: 8
An information session will be held for interested parents and students of the current Grade 10 (exception may be made in case a Grade 9 student is really keen to participate). The students should be interested in field work associated with biology, geography, environment and conservation work. The presentation will be on C – level on Wednesday, September 19 at 19:00 to discuss the details of the program and the costs involved.