Monday, June 21, 2021

The Lord Howe Island Signal

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Published 12 times per year by The Signal Pty Ltd

Distributed from Lord Howe Island

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Recent articles

Rodent response

The response to the rodent incursion, which was first initiated on 15 April 2021, continues. The Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) field crews are working together with rodent control experts undertaking rodent baiting and monitoring in and around the settlement area and on the fringes of the Permanent Park Preserve. The team currently working on the rodent response includes specialists from Lord Howe Island, mainland NSW, Tasmania and New Zealand ... Our Lord Howe Island based dog handlers and detection dogs have been joined by additional dogs from Port Macquarie and Tasmania.

Finding Nemo: monitoring the McCullochs Anemonefish

The McCullochs anemonefish (Amphiprion mccullochi) is an endemic species which only occurs in waters around Lord Howe Island, Elizabeth Reef and Middleton Reef. The Lord Howe Island lagoon supports the world’s largest population - approximately 75% of all McCullochs anemonefish – and is therefore a critical area for monitoring this species.

Lord Howe Golf Open 2021

For the first time, the Golf Open was held as a stableford event and took place in the first week of May. The course was looking perfect due to many volunteer hours and some great work by “Hairy” - ‘on loan’ from the LHI Bowling Club.

Previous articles

New coral species in Lord Howe Island Marine Park

Researchers Andrew Baird and Tom Bridge from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University and Queensland Museum Network recently visited to document the biodiversity of corals in the Lord Howe Island Marine Park, accompanied by field assistants Matt Curnock and Duan Briggs. Andrew and Tom are key members of Project Phoenix, an international collaboration seeking to re-invent hard coral taxonomy, using both old methods and new technologies.

Swim around Lord Howe Island

Lauren Tischendorf: The swim was a great challenge and overall I felt a well-earnt title to be the first woman (with ratification, the first recorded in history). The conditions, which I already knew about, were large swell and chop, for most of the swim. I absolutely loved it!

ANZAC Day – Peter Adams, CEO, Lord Howe Island Board

Here we are each taking time to pause, to reflect, to remember, to hold on to something ... what is that something?

Solar hybrid renewable energy project

Amy Foxe. A significant event occurred on 5th March which is certainly worth mentioning and celebrating whilst the project team continue to work towards practical completion. A combination of slightly lower than average overnight demand and very clear morning skies provided the perfect conditions for the solar PV and solar-charged battery to take the island load for a full 24 hour period.

M.V. Albatross 1936-2021

Ed Rourke. Recently, after several attempts to repair the keel on “Albatross” it was, sadly, decided to bring the boat ashore!

Lord Howe Island – bird notes

Ian Hutton. With the removal of the rodents and owls in 2019, we are seeing another dramatic increase in bird life - not just the Woodhens, but all land birds, especially Emerald doves. There are also more seabirds: Black-winged petrel numbers are increasing; Grey ternlets are being seen on rock cliffs from Ned’s Beach to Middle Beach, Brown noddies are increasing in areas where they breed.

About The Lord Howe Island Signal

The Signal is proudly published 12 per year by The Signal Pty Ltd.  The Signal is designed, printed and distributed from Lord Howe Island.

The Signal is a community newspaper and happily accepts all offers of stories, photos and art.  However, we cannot guarantee in which issue the submission will appear and we won’t publish content that is offensive.

The views expressed by individual contributors are not necessarily those of other contributors, the editors or publishers.

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