Monday, June 5, 2023

Stephen Sia, The Lord Howe Island Signal


Adrift Lab

Jenn Lavers. In April, the Adrift Lab team returned to Lord Howe Island ... While Lord Howe Island is the world’s single largest population of Flesh-footed Shearwaters, this same iconic species also breeds throughout the Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance.

Help reduce the global decline of Shearwaters by ‘Moving a Mutto’

Suzie Christensen, LHIB. It’s that time of year when young Shearwater birds emerge from their burrows on LHI ... Flesh-footed Shearwaters (Ardeena carneipes) and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters (Ardeena pacificus) breeding grounds are intersected by the Island roads, increasing the risk of juveniles being run over by cars and bikes.

Students join UNESCO in global eDNA research

On 14th of February 2023, 20 students aged 8 to 11 years old from Lord Howe Island became marine scientists for the day. In doing so, they joined UNESCO’s global environmental DNA research initiative that is being rolled out across 25 marine World Heritage sites to better understand ocean biodiversity and the impacts of climate change.

The earliest pictures of Lord Howe Island discovered

The earliest pictures of life on Lord Howe Island were recently uncovered and provide a fascinating glimpse of the early settlement. The pictures were found while searching for reports on the Island to the NSW Colonial administrators who were considering Lord Howe as a possible solution to its overcrowded penal settlements.

Annual coral spawning

Just like on other tropical reefs, corals in the LHIMP undertake synchronised mass spawning each year, releasing millions of tiny egg and sperm bundles into the water. This allows fertilisation to take place, resulting in coral larvae with new genetic combinations which can settle back on to the reef and enhance its diversity and resilience.

Enhancing beach accessibility

LHIB. Community members and visitors with limited mobility will have better access to Lord Howe’s beaches and outdoor environments, with the introduction of two new pieces of equipment available. To ensure everyone can enjoy our beaches, the Sandcruiser All-terrain Wheelchair will be available to help navigate over sand, rocks, and other uneven terrain.

ANZAC Day on Lord Howe Island

Matthew Retmock. Today is a sad day. Today is not a day for shallow nationalistic chest-beating. Today is a day when we remember the victims of war and express our gratitude to the brave few who made the ultimate sacrifice.

LHI Permanent Park Preserve closed for the first time in Island’s history due to Myrtle Rust

Lord Howe Island Board first detected Myrtle Rust recently was on the Island 3rd February 2023 ... On Monday 13th March, the Board held a meeting to discuss the situation and a decision was made to close the Permanent Park Preserve to try stop further spread of the disease ... This sudden decision to close the PPP, which comprises over 70 per cent of the Island, was unprecedented in the history of the Island and took everyone by surprise.