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Ecology of Hong Kong: Field Course 2011

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Date: October 17-21, 2011

The five-day Ecology of Hong Kong Field Course 2011 was again successfully held in the Kadoorie Institute, Shek Kong. This traditional annual field course has attracted 44 undergraduate and associate degree students from Hong Kong and 11 XMU undergraduates this year. Staff and students from The University of Johannesburg, South Africa were also actively participated in this field course. All students were supervised by the staff and postgraduate students from the three universities during the field camp to experience the nature and appreciate the biodiversity.

Every day students were led to different natural habitats in Hong Kong. On the first day, we went to the Mai Po Nature Reserve, which was an internationally important wetland and was designated as a RAMSAR site. We were there for birding watching and identification, and also understanding the concept of commonness and rarity. The stream day was scheduled on the second day which students went to a freshwater stream at Tsuen Lung to identify and collect stream fauna. When they went back to the classroom, they had to use the dichotomous key to identify the samples. We had an exciting Brotia race which we all cheered for our group's snail. At night, we went to Long Valley, the largest freshwater wetland in Hong Kong to explore diversity of the reptiles and amphibians. Followed by the second day, students went to a shrubland near the campsite to identify some of the common hillside plant species. On the fourth day, students went to investigate the diversity and abundance of animals in Starfish Bay, a protected sandy shore in Ma On Shan. We went to the mangrove at Ting Kok to observe how the mangrove trees and their associate fauna adapt to the changing intertidal environment on the last day.

The field course aims to deliver scientific knowledge to students, and promote cultural exchange among students from different universities. After we enjoyed the field course, we hope that we can continue the collaboration between different universities in the future, which allows more academic and cultural exchange opportunities for the both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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