This week at Macquarie Island

April
April

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.

March
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.

This week at Macquarie Island station 19 February 2010
Plenty of fun, work and of course the ever-present wildlife including an unusual black-breasted king penguin.

This week at Macquarie Island station 12 February 2010
The last of the season's tourists enjoy Macca with scones, wildlife at beautiful Green Gorge, scientific surveys of fur seals and rabbit-damaged vegetation, monitoring radioactivity, and stunning underwater photos of diving king penguins.

February
Boating, birthdays, a spot of polish, and more preparations for the upcoming rat, rabbit and mouse eradication program

16 July 2010
Evening aurora over The Nuggets This week we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the island`s discovery. 16 July 2010

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