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CI's Dewi Ang wins another prestigious accolade!

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Young Dewi Ang has already distinguished herself as a rookie reporter for Behind The News and as the 2013 winner of the ABC's Heywire competition, and the Christmas Island Highschool student has now won a position as one of 32 student ambassadors to travel to Turkey to take part in commemorative services on ANZAC Day.Dewi will travel to Turkey on 16 April 2015 as one of 32 Australian student ambassadors to underatke a study tour of the Gallipoli Peninsula and Istanbul, prior to attending the commerorative services on 25 April marking the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.Over...
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Fiona Harper tells us all about her CI Marathon experience

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Each year in October, one of the hottest, driest and most remote marathons in the world is held on Christmas Island. Each year it attracts more entrants and each year the more CI locals make the effort. This year the marathon attracted the interest of award-winning travel writer Fiona Harper. Fiona lives in Cairns, so she’s used to a hot climate, but she’s relatively new to marathons. We had a chat to her about her recent running experience on CI and her overall impressions of The Rock. When did you first take up running? I started running in 2011 as a...
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Crazy ants: some good news

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After five years of research funded by Parks Australia, La Trobe University has identified a biological control agent that could help us tackle yellow crazy ants here on Christmas Island. The solution is a tiny flying insect from Malaysia. It’s called a micro‐wasp; it doesn’t sting or build nests. We hope it will stop the ants by cutting down their food supply (the honey dew produced by the yellow lac scale insect). This is great news for our native wildlife, especially the island’s iconic red crabs. Since the 1990s, crazy ant super‐colonies have killed millions of our precious red crabs. This is a problem for...
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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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