Norfolk Island Flickr images!

Our Flickr site is showing off some shiny new images from Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Gardens.

Red-tailed tropicbird with chick | Parks Australia

Red-tailed tropicbird with chick | Parks Australia

Norfolk Island Botanic Gardens | Parks Australia

Norfolk Island Botanic Gardens | Parks Australia

Jon, Parks Australia

2 thoughts on “Norfolk Island Flickr images!

  1. NORFOLK ISLAND… concerning the eradication of the native species of turtle that inhabited the emily bay areas that were used for meat and wiped out during the convict eras. can the national parks service re-establish the sea turtles to norfolk island with the reloction of a nest of eggs from the same species of turtle, to such areas as cemetery bay, anson bay, second sands, bumbi or maybe even duffys whale. this wound not be introducing a new species to the island, just returning an age old native species to its home. after seeing first hand the great success the national parks service ahd with the green parrot and the boobook owl, i belive this would be an easy job for the team on the island. turtles would not need the time and effort put into their success as would the two bird species. for after the reloction of the nest of eggs the turtles would not return until they are ready to breed themselves, therfore not being a burden on the national park services either finnancially or terms of manpower.
    i am not alone in admiration of the turtle on the island. and if this programme ever got established i would not be alone in volenteering my time and effort to see the success of such a magnificent animal. please i feel this is an issue that need immediate attention. do not hesitate to contact me as i would like to know your thoughts
    thankyou
    scott evans

  2. Hi Scott
    Thanks for your suggestions and obvious passion for continued conservation on Norfolk Island. Your proposal has some merit, and research into green turtles and hawksbill turtles breeding habits are currently being undertaken on Norfolk Island. While these species of turtles visit Norfolk Island (as you know) it is believed they do not breed here because the sand is the wrong temperature for females to be produced, so even if male turtles should be born here, they would not return for breeding.

    There are currently temperature sensors buried in the sand at various beaches to determine what effect this might have on breeding. In addition to this a permit has been granted to attach transmitters to turtle to learn more about their behaviour, the distances and routes that they travel. I believe this has not gone ahead yet as no turtles large enough, for safe transmitter attachment have been caught. This research has a permit from the federal government under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act, 1999 because it is being carried out on a listed marine species. However, as it is not taking place within the National Park, rangers have no involvement in this project. If you would like to read more about it the full details can be found at: environment.gov.au/epbc/publications/turtles-norfolk.html.

    These documents also have some useful links to learn more about turtles and the research that is being carried out to try and protect them.

    I hope that answers your question. It is great to see so much enthusiasm for our environment, particularly the willingness to volunteer your time.
    Vanessa, Norfolk Island National Park

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