The Great Oz Eddventure #7 – Conservation Work

About a month ago I volunteered for a couple of days doing some conservation work, which was really rewarding. And it was from here that I learnt of the vacancy that I successfully filled.

After each day’s volunteering I got the sketchbook out and made the following pictures:

On this project we were removing non-native bushes in preparation for planting in native ones. In teams of two, one person cut the bush, and the other applied poison to the stump. On the first day I carried the branches away.On day two I had a go at cutting and applying the poison. We were using saws and huge ‘loppers’ to cut the bushes. For the posion we had to wear elbow length thick rubber gloves. Having all this on me I felt as though I was starring in a horror movie..!!
Later on in the day I saw an interesting black spider with hints of silver on it. I learned that this was the deadly Wolf Spider, which inspired this picture!

Fab Brilliant News

I have recently started work at the Canberra office of Conservation Volunteers Australia, where one of my duties is to send out the regular newsletter to the volunteers informing them of upcoming projects that they can join in on.

Meanwhile, I have been developing my character “Possum” and I thought the newsletter would idealy suit Possum’s cartoon strip.

When I showed my manager the cartoon he burst out laughing and agreed that I could include it in the newsletter, for which I am extremely grateful.

Today the newsletter went out to all volunteers and I hope that everyone liked it!