Christmas Island Trip 2012

Reflection

Yi spent a whole week on Christmas Island for a workshop in December 2012. The workshop was held to assist three PhD students (including Yi) to get along with their projects and to familiarize them with the ecosystems that they are working on. Her reflection on her trip to Christmas Island:

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Yi discussing her project with staff from Christmas Island National Park in a workshop

“It is a wonderful and valuable experience. After two days’ meeting of discussion of our projects with staffs and managers from Christmas Island National Park, we spend a day to help out at the “Pink House”, where is the captive breeding center for two endemic reptile species, the Blue-tailed Skink and the Lister’s Gecko. Our job was to prepare a meal for these beautiful creatures by netting as many insects as we could. The staffs took us out to experience the island-wide survey the following day. It is mainly a survey of Red Crabs and invasive Yellow Crazy Ants across the whole of the island, but recording endemic birds, reptiles and exotic plants is also a part of the survey. It was a tough work for anyone since the survey point was evenly distributed across the island and many of them are very difficult and dangerous to access.  The land crabs are the most remarkable animals on Christmas Island.We were lucky to see ‘one of the wonders of the natural world’ – the amazing unique annual red crab migration. Fences were set up temporarily and roads were closed around the major migration path to help the crabs to migrate by park staffs.”

Photos from her trip

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The three largest and most common crabs on Christmas Island are the red crab, the robber crab and the blue crab.

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Feeding the native endangered reptiles in captive breeding at “Pink House”

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The amazing annual red crab migration. Road closure and temporary fences assisted with this migration.

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Looking for supercolonies of Yellow Crazy Ants on the day of island-wide survey.

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