Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project
Twelve hunters will return to station on Wednesday 29th August after spending a month in the field. There’s been numerous highlights for the hunters: the constant changing weather and the chance to experience a few sunny calm days, the slow return of the spring wildlife (the big beachmasters), the nightly bingo competition which is close to producing a winner and the opportunity of receiving mail from home.
Receiving mail is a real morale booster for those in the field for lengthy periods of time. Mail from the mainland (Australia and New Zealand) is sent to the station leader via email, the SL prints the letter and seals it in an envelope and the mail is then delivered via whoever next leaves station. Sometimes the mail delivery service here is quicker than back home. The mailman doesn’t have to worry about cranky dogs and there’s always an offer of a coffee when the postman drops by.
We have also been asked what the bingo winner will receive as a prize. We’re hoping a car sponsor will come forward within the next week. If you own a car yard and you’re reading this newsletter can we please have two new cars?! One for the bingo winner and the other for the newsletter editor.
Another fun and slightly challenging activity the team was involved in last week was a SAR (search and rescue) exercise. Keep reading for more on this.