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Interested in Christmas Island birds?

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An exciting new monograph on the birds of Christmas Island has just been published as astand-alone issue of the journal Australian Field Ornithology.  Written by expert ornithologists David James and Ian McAllan, not only does it provide detailed insight into the 11 species and subspecies of bird found nowhere else in the world, it also thoroughly documents all 23 breeding species, 18 regular visitors and some 108 species that have occurred as vagrants.  In addition to the species accounts this comprehensive document (it runs to 180+ pages!) reviews the history of the Christmas Island’s ornithology, population estimates of resident species, and current and past threats...
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  Not long now until Bird n Nature Week and we thought you’d like to know a little bit more about the scientists who visit each year and the research carried out. Dr Janos Hennicke is a seabird ecologist based at the Department of Ecology and Conservation at the University of Hamburg. He has been studying the ecology, behaviour and conservation of Christmas Island seabirds since 2004. Janos specialises in investigating the foraging ecology of frigatebirds, boobies and tropicbirds using microelectronic transmitters and data loggers. He will again return to Christmas Island this year to climb rainforest trees and catch Abbott’s...
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Meet Brendan, Christmas Island Park Ranger

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Earlier this month Christmas Island National Park invited everyone to visit the Pink House to learn about Christmas Island's critically endangered species and the efforts being made to conserve them. Visitors were able to wander through the newly completed breeding facility, listen to presentations by Parks staff and see the endemic Blue-tailed skink and Lister's Gecko up close. In this video, Parks ranger Brendan explains to us what his (somewhat rewarding) daily grind is like. ...
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If you were on Christmas Island (CI) in May, you may have been bemused by the sight of three lost-looking souls wandering the around the Settlement with cameras (one had three!) slung around their necks and notebooks popping out of their top pockets. With our island so often in the news for political reasons, the Christmas Island Tourism Association (CITA) hosted three influential travel journalists to experience the ‘other side’ of CI — the jungle, the crabs, the seabirds and the unparalleled marine life. The three intrepid journalists, Iain Gillespie (The West Australian newspaper), Georgia Rickard (Australian Traveller magazine) and...
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Bird and Nature week participant Tim Low has recently published a fascinating study into the origin of Australia’s birdlife, entitled Where Song Began. Turning traditional thought on its head, Tim is suggesting that some Australian bird species are not of Northern Hemisphere origin, but actually evolved down under. And it’s getting rave reviews – this extract is from the Sydney Morning Herald, written by Sean Dooley, editor of Australian Birdlife… From Charles Darwin and John “the Birdman’’ Gould, to German-American evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr, “the Darwin of the 20th century’’, the scientific orthodoxy has held an unshakeable Mercator-like conviction that Australian...
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The sampan project continues... here's an update!

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Earlier this year we lost a few large trees when the cyclone passed through. Our Malay community have made good use of the fallen trees, using them to construct traditional sampans that will be used later this year in the annual fishing competition! ...
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Announcing... le Tour de Christmas Island

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Tired of being a couch potato? Getting restless while you watch more than 20 days of the Tour de France? Now it’s your turn to get off the couch, get on your bike and ride the Tour de Christmas Island! What is the Tour De Christmas Island? The Tour de Christmas Island is a series of four bicycle rides (stages) over the weekend of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of August 2014. The aim is to promote the enjoyment of cycling, as well as encouraging physical activity for everyone who participates. Stage 1: is a 6.5 km mountain climb on...
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     The chance falling of a tree in the recent cyclone here on Christmas Island has inspired a new project for our Malay community: the construction of three traditional Malay Sampans. Traditional Sampans are canoes of the Indo-Chinese region made by the Malay and Indonesian population, used as fishing boats and transportation along coastal areas. The dug-out Sampan style vessels can hold several people and are typically used for shorter trips. They are carved from the trunk of soft wood trees and sometimes include outrigger floats. Christmas Island Malays have made Sampans for recreation and fishing since the early 1900s....
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Helping our wildlife after Cyclone Gillian

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Over the weekend, Tropical Cyclone Gillian caused significant damage to some areas of the island’s forests. Many trees succumbed to the extreme weather, including large emergent trees and smaller understorey trees.  Parks are concerned about the impacts of the forest damage on our iconic wildlife, in particular, the Abbott’s booby, and also other sea birds and flying foxes. You can help. The availability of fruit food for land birds and bats is of particular concern, given the amount of damage caused to fruiting trees around the island. If you can and it is safe to do so, please refrain from felling damaged fruit trees...
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  After the red crab spawning in December last year, the first round of tiny baby red crabs arrived on the shores of Christmas Island 10 days ago to begin their long march inland.     Excited locals and park staff have made their way to the beach each morning to witness this incredible sight - and many have shared photos with us on our Facebook page. The beach and rocks have been covered by these miniscule crabs each moring - in fact the locals say they haven't seen a return this big in 15 years.     After spending three...
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