Christmas Island—naturally

Christmas Island—naturally

October 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nedlands Lecture Theatre, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

WA Naturalists Club monthly meeting.
Our speaker at tonight’s general meeting is Kevin Coate who will speak on “Christmas Island—naturally”

Kevin is a life member of the WA Naturalists Club. In 1975 he and his wife Yvonne ventured into nature-based tourism, specialising in expeditions to more remote areas of Australia and helped pioneer nature-based tourism along the Kimberley coast.

In 1990 he began taking naturalists, many from the Club, to Christmas Island—a small tropical island that was once the steep tip of a volcano in the Indian Ocean. It was a risky undertaking going there at first, as few people apart from those working on the phosphate mine or the government administration on the island were aware of its natural attractions. One of the main attractions for visitors is the spectacular red crab migration after the first rains in October or November. However as we will see, there is much more on Christmas Island than crabs. The vegetation is diverse, ranging from tall trees to tiny ferns. The Island is also a major breeding ground for seabirds, including several endemic species. Kevin’s presentation will reflect on those forms of natural history shown to various groups over 12 years.

Cost: $3 door fee includes raffle ticket, tea & coffee

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