Li­brar­ian to share story of adventure

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

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.

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