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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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Tally Howe!

On Sunday I’m off on my fourth trip to Lord Howe Island World Heritage Area. I thought I wouldn’t go again after my third trip – there are too many other places to explore – but when a citizen science … Continue reading

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Video of Lord Howe Island stick insect hatching

I was captivated by the very-rare-but-getting-much-less-so Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis) when I visited the island, and wrote about it here. New Scientist recently posted a wonderful video of a LHI stick insect hatching. You can see it … Continue reading

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The screams in the forest

Last time I wrote about the silence in the forest on Lord Howe. But at night in the bird-breeding season, it’s a very different story. Mutton birds (flesh-footed shearwaters, Ardenna carneipes) in their thousands (17.5 thousand breeding pairs in 2005 … Continue reading

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