Librarian to share story of adventure
A FAMILIAR face in Harvey will be sharing stories from a trip to one of the world’s most unique biodiversity hot spots in a presentation at Harvey Library later this month.
Principal librarian Ruth Campbell-Hicks spent a month travelling through Madagascar including a two-week stint volunteering with the Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute.
“If I had to sum it up in three words, it would be ‘heat, sweat and lemurs’,” Mrs Campbell-Hicks said.
During the trip she worked on a forest conservation project which included removing invasive species, planting native seedlings, and counting turtles and lemurs for data collection for universities.
“We provided the raw data which university researchers can access and use for their own studies in the area,” she said.
It was not the first time Mrs Campbell-Hicks had volunteered overseas on her holidays, but the first time she had done conservation work.
“I’ve done teaching many times, but when I decided I wanted to go to Madagascar – one of the world’s most incredible biodi- versity hot spots, I knew I wanted to do something to do with conservation,” she said.
Mrs Campbell-Hicks will share stories from the trip at Harvey Library on July 19 from 6-7pm.
“I’ll be sharing some stories and photos form the trip, including the one about my 30-hour bus trip on the local buses, and seeing a woman carrying five ducks on her head.”
Harvey Library principal librarian Ruth Campbell-Hicks will share the story of her trip to Madagascar on July 19.