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Australian Geographic Lord Howe Island citizen science insect expedition (part 4)

Day 5 Even after a full day yesterday, half the group were up for more walking and went with Bryan up Malabar and Kim’s Lookout to catch flies. Meanwhile back at the lodge, it was time for more lab work … Continue reading

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Australian Geographic Lord Howe Island citizen science insect expedition (part 3)

Day 4 After breakfast, we were boated over to North Bay, a place I’d somehow missed on my last trips. Ranger Darcie Bellanto is overseeing an unfunded project to count sooty tern nests, so we leant her our people power. … Continue reading

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Australian Geographic Lord Howe Island citizen science insect expedition (part 2)

Day 3 It rained heavily but briefly in the night, but the day was another glorious fine and sunny one. Bryan Lessard took a group up the Goat House to place malaise traps for catching passing insects over the next … Continue reading

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Australian Geographic Lord Howe Island citizen science insect expedition (part 1)

To paraphrase Orson Welles, I don’t know much about insects, but I know what I like. If I knew more, I suspect I would like them even more. Both massively useful and massively destructive, they fascinate me with their different … Continue reading

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Tasmanian devil trip – some things I missed out on …

… because I was in a different group when they happened, but Betty and Di kindly shared their photos with me. Thanks, you two! I went with a group spotlighting and petroglyphing with Sebastien, but chose to go looking for … Continue reading

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Consorting with the devil

Tasmanian devils have a big problem in the form of devil facial tumour disease (DFTD). The population of the already endangered species has plummeted. This heart-breaking photo says it all. [Update: To protect the squeamish, I’ve put the confronting photo … Continue reading

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Way cool citizen science in marine biology

It’s happening now at http://exploretheseafloor.net.au, and involves you sifting through photos of the sea floor, taken by underwater robotic vehicles. One project is about spotting sea urchins in Tasmanian waters, particularly the invasive Centrostephanus rodgersii, which is moving southwards and … Continue reading

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