The hunters and their dogs departed Friday 3rd August after spending six days on station. Most of the team were ready to leave as six days was long enough on station. They were keen to head back out into the hills and the steep slopes. After spending a month, often with only one other, the busy township of Macca can appear too busy at times.
Just prior to leaving station the team were busy preparing for the month in the field. Dogs were weighed and checked over, backpacks packed, last minute calls were made, emails back home were sent and then it was time to leave. Fortunately for the team they had a sunny calm day to depart station.
During the past month, we have introduced a new postal service to remote areas on the island. It’s a long time between calls to loved ones, family and friends so to ensure those in the field for long periods of time hear regularly from those back home, letters can be sent to the station leader via email, the SL will print out the letter, seal it in an envelope and whoever heads down the island next will take the letter. There’s no charge (we’re not sure what the Macquarie Island Rook is to the AU dollar, it’s not listed on the stock exchange), and delivery is guaranteed (although it may take between two to ten days). If you would like to send mail to someone you know on the island, contact them directly and request they send you the station leader’s email address.