Dr Peter Fullagar. I have a BSc (Hons) degree and a PhD, both from the University of London.

 

Presentation :  Montagu Island – 50 years of seabird research data.

From The Illawarra Mercury 2009:

Sticking your hand down a bird burrow is not everyone’s idea of fun.But every year, volunteer researchers on Montague Island do just that in order to check the breeding success of shearwaters.The 50th annual shearwater survey is now drawing to a close and Dr Peter Fullagar, formerly of the CSIRO, has taken part in 45 of them.”It’s one of only a few long-term continuous wildlife studies in the world,” Dr Fullagar said. “It was originally set up to find out the speed with which one species of shearwater would usurp the other.” Dr Fullagar said that until 50 years ago, only two species of shearwaters, also known as muttonbirds, bred on the island – the wedge-tailed and the sooty. “But in 1959 a third species – the short-tailed – was found for the first time off NSW and was thought to be invading Montague,” he said.The short-tailed is found across the Pacific, from the Bering Strait down to Antarctica, while the wedge-tailed is a more tropical species and Montague is about as far south as it goes. “For the first five or six years the numbers of short-tailed shearwaters relative to the wedge-tailed did increase, but that did not continue and in fact the short-tailed has declined slightly since then,” Dr Fullagar said.”Shearwaters live for 30 to 40 years and reproduce for at least 15 years, but during that time they’d only produce on average two chicks that reach maturity.”Long-time researcher Mike Crowley said the surveys, which began in 1960, were done in the last week of March when the parents had left and the chicks were almost ready to leave their burrow.

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The three authors will be Mike Crowley, Christ Davey and myself.

By the way we have also done work on Gabo Island which I see is also within your notional boundaries of the Atlas of Life “Coastal Wilderness”.

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http://mipartners.blogspot.com.au

 

Relevant Publications

(02) 62 514 672M I Partners Report No. 1

Fullagar, P. J. & Heyligers, P. C. 1992. Montagu Island penguin census November 1992. 9pp + 1p Appendix.

 

M I Partners Report No. 2

Fullagar, P. J., Heyligers, P. C., van Tets, G. F. & Crowley, M. A. 1994. A reconnaissance of Gabo Island to assess the feasibility of a Little Penguin breeding population survey. 3 pp.

 

M I Partners Report No. 3

Heyligers, P. C. & Fullagar, P. J. 1995. The second Montagu Island penguin survey November 1994. iv + 14 pp (including 2 Appendices).

 

M I Partners Report No. 4

Fullagar, P. J., Heyligers, P. C., Crowley, M. A. & Klomp N. I. 1995.

Gabo Island penguin survey November 1994.

iv + 18 pp (including Appendix).

 

M I Partners Report No. 5

Fullagar, P. J. & Heyligers, P. C. 1996.

Gabo Island shearwater surveys 1995 and 1996.

iv + 16 pp (including Appendix).

 

M I Partners Report No. 6 (Revised edition)

Heyligers, P. C. 1998.

Some New South Wales coastal plant distributions: a comparison of herbarium records with transect survey data.

iv +28 pp (including Appendix).

 

M I Partners Report No. 7

Fullagar, P. J. & Heyligers, P. C. 1998.

Montagu Island shearwater population survey March 1997.

iv + 10 pp (including Appendix).

 

M I Partners Report No.8

Heyligers, P. C. 1998.

Dune and vegetation formation at the Entrance Point Scientific Reference Area, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria.

iv + 14 pp (including Appendix).

 

*M I Partners Report No. 9

Fullagar, P. J., Heyligers, P. C., Harvey, J. & Prizl, R. 1999.

Bowen Island penguin survey November 1998.

iv + 17 pp (including Appendix).

 

*M I Partners Report No. 10

Trezise, N. R., Klomp, N. I., Fullagar, P. J. and Heyligers, P. C. 2000.

The Third Montagu Island Penguin Survey November 1998.

Iv + 12 pp (including Appendix).

 

M I Partners Report No. 11

Fullagar, P. J., Heyligers, P.C. and Crowley, M.A. 2005.

The Birds of Gabo Island

Iv + 26 pp (including Appendix).

 

M I Partners Report No. 12

[In preparation]