This week on the ‘Green Sponge’ we have all been busy!
With resupply and the end of our season approaching, everyone has been working hard despite some wet and windy weather. The trades team of Nick, Terry and Tim have been putting the finishing touches to works that will accommodate some incoming science equipment, Mark completed his fire testing, and Rich and Rob tied up remaining loose ends down at Comms. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) team have soldiered on with the usual observations and have been chipping into odd jobs all around station. Louise led the pack up of hydroponics, and Duncan has been on the JCB moving cargo into place to facilitate an efficient resupply operation. Lionel serviced plant and machinery, including our LARCS. Meanwhile Dom has the store looking ship shape.
The rangers headed off into the field, with Ranger Anna holding down the TASPAWS fort on station. The science teams are steadily working towards the end of their program. The remediation team of Robbie K and Jez continued on with taking soil and water samples, Jane and Karen were still out and about collecting seeds and soil, rain, hail or shine, well mostly rain and small hail! The albatross team are still out in the field, trying their best to work around the high winds of the weekend. The winds on station in the 30 to 40 knot range translate to approximately 40 to 50 knots up on the plateau. It’s not much fun to be out working on steep slopes. As a result the team have been forced to take a few ‘hut days', and spend time in field huts.
We were granted an unexpected low wind day on Monday. We all watched with amusement as the giant petrels and light-mantled albatross, which usually soar on the winds above station, flap frantically to both take off and maintain altitude. Whilst the light breeze made life easier for us outdoors, it made hard work for our avian neighbours.
Taking advantage of the lighter breeze, we also squeezed in two boating trips. Rich and Robbie skippered two boats on Monday assisted by a trusty crew, to retrieve the automated weather station (AWS) from the Ball Project. On Thursday Jac, Robbie, and FTO Ian led a three boat team to deliver gear out to Waterfall Bay, Green Gorge and Brothers Point, which will greatly facilitate some end of season work by science and infrastructure.
All in all, a very successful week at Macca.