Year 11 Students Carry Out Elephant Surveys!
Friday, January 10, 2020
On the second day of the Biology field trip the students began the day by carrying out a transects across the border of the forest and grassland in Khao Yai National Park. From this, they could u see stand how the difference light and temperature conditions affected the number and diversity of species in these two habitat types. To take the measurements, the students used a light meter app on their smart phone, and an Arduino temperature sensor made by our own Year 10 students in STEM class with Mr Andrei!
In the afternoon, we split into two groups to carry out an elephant survey in one area of the National Park. This consisted of finding and measuring elephant dung to give an estimate of how many elephants move through that area. The students managed to hike almost 4km as part of this activity.
In the evening, the staff organised a special trip to a cave which is home to a colony of more than 800,000 bats. We arrived just before the sun set and were able to witness to mass movement of the bats as they left their cave for the evening.