"Being surrounded by such a knowledgeable group of people was great! I really enjoyed discussing, listening, and absorbing their experiences and advice about Tasmanian wildlife around the dinner table."
Dylan van Winkel
The most important and meaningful (possibly life-changing) element I gained from this experience is that it ignited my drive for exploration and travel. I regularly dream about travelling, exploring, and documenting remote parts of the world but I thought that watching adventurers on the discovery channel is as close as I would get. The Prime Seal expedition was a dream come true and has taught me that there are still many places worth exploring
The importance of conveying experiences such as these to others and promoting further conservation perspectives should not be underestimated. Passing on personal experiences to others may inspire them to become involved in similar programmes and think about the environment that surrounds and supports us.
"There was such a vast amount of knowledge, enthusiasm and laughter on the trip that it was impossible not to leave feeling completely rejuvenated and ready to tackle the world. Being a part of this survey has strengthened my desire to take my skills overseas and experience more new and exciting environments beyond New Zealand, and one day to be able to make a significant contribution to the protection of New Zealand's natural heritage.
On our first day we were left to it and being New Zealanders, believing that Australia is full of snakes, we walked very slowly and cautiously on that first day. It wasn't until the following day on Philips Island that we observed the others thrashing through the forest and realised we had been a bit too cautious the day before. Lesson learned; we moved a lot faster from then on.
By far the most rewarding part of the trip was setting out the motion cameras on numerous islands and then a few days later collecting them in and finding that we had set them correctly and managed to capture videos to show us what was creeping around at night.
"The experience has given me the drive and confidence to pursue a career in conservation and confirmed for me that my passion really lies with endangered species and pest management."
Participating as a volunteer in the Three Hummock Island wildlife survey provided me with an opportunity to work alongside specialists and learn about Tasmania's wildlife and the role islands play in the preservation of endangered species. The Three Hummock Island team was a great group of people, all passionate and so generous with their knowledge. I was able to learn a little about many of their specialties - a tasting plate of Tasmanian flora and fauna. I felt I was able to make a significant contribution to the team and that I came away with a barrage of new skills and knowledge.
I was fascinated by the diversity of invertebrates to be found and I would love to have stayed in Tasmania longer so I could help identify them all.