This week at Macquarie Island
Work progresses well in the lead up to the arrival of two ships: concrete pouring, pest eradication and communications technology.
This week at Macquarie Island station 30 April 2010
One thing we have an abundance of on Macca is wind. This week saw the installation of the new axial wind turbine on Mt Elder to run the radio repeater.
This week at Macquarie Island station 23 April 2010
The pest eradication crew continued to construct four helicopter landing pads for the baiting period commencing in May.
This week at Macquarie Island station 16 April 2010
Scientists Roger and Lars were delighted to have obtained a 3.5 metre core of peat which they believed would allow them to measure cosmic dust inputs to the Earth's atmosphere over a period of at least ten thousand years.
This week at Macquarie Island station 26 March 2010
Ben and Jess have returned from their last field trip, resurveying and photographing Azorella growth to measure its dieback. They also collected seeds for propagation and further study in Tasmania while Macca put on a couple of snowy days to remind them that winter is on the way.
This week at Macquarie Island station 19 March 2010
TASPAWs staff are taking photos of coastal slopes and terraces to map the extent and severity of rabbit grazing damage on an island-wide scale. Comparison between photos from 1978 and 2010 shows a dramatic difference.
This week at Macquarie Island station 12 March 2010
One of this season's highlights for the albatross program has been resighting a black-browed albatross at Bird Island just to the north of South Georgia. This bird was banded as a chick here on Macca in 2005.
Last week saw the annual island-wide fur seal census. All fur seals are counted in a single day to monitor recovery of their population since extermination during the sealing era.
This week at Macquarie Island station 26 February 2010
Constant strong westerlies turned Hasselborough Bay into a boiling cauldron of grey and white with massive waves shuddering ashore and buildings creaking and groaning with the buffeting. Thank goodness the buildings were designed with this type of weather in mind.