Protecting Little Penguins: Preserving Boston Island’s Precious Wildlife

July 26th, 2023

In light of recent news regarding the addition of six new species to Australia’s threatened species list, the team at Infuse Travel are more determined than ever to support important conservation efforts in Australia. So it comes as no surprise that we are thrilled to announce the launch of our new environmental conservation program on the Eyre Peninsula, the Boston Island Conservation Project

This unique service project offers Australian and international school groups an opportunity to actively participate in vital habitat restoration, biodiversity research and the conservation of penguin colonies, all in one of Australia’s most beautiful locations.

The urgency of collective conservation efforts has been highlighted by the recent addition of six species to the threatened list in Australia. The following animal species; the Mukarrthippi grasswren, New England gentian, Murray Mallee striated grasswren and the Eyre Peninsula population of the southern emu-wren are amongst the six new species now classified as critically endangered or endangered. This recent news only emphasises the need for proactive conservation efforts!

Amidst this environmental backdrop, Infuse are excited to work with students and schools in embarking on a  journey to Boston Island, a breathtaking 2,000-acre private sanctuary off the coast of Port Lincoln, South Australia. This pristine paradise, untouched by modern development, boasts stunning white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and a rich history waiting to be explored. Accessible only by boat, the island offers a secluded haven where our groups can immerse themselves in nature, free from the distractions of everyday life.

Students who participate on the Infuse program will have the opportunity to swim in the ocean, catch calamari from the wharf and watch amazing sunsets over the bay – just one experience of many!

We believe in taking concrete steps towards restoring natural habitats and preserving biodiversity. For those unfamiliar – Boston Island, once impacted by sheep farming and grazing, has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past 25 years. There have been extensive efforts to revegetate the land, reintroducing native plant species and creating safe havens for wildlife. 

Key environmental conservation initiatives

Participants in the Boston Island Conservation Project will play an integral part of these restoration efforts. Students will work hand in hand with the landowners, actively participating in ongoing habitat restoration projects such as seedling and tree planting, and ensuring that the island thrives as a sanctuary for its flora and fauna. The presence of over 40 bird species and a growing Little Penguin colony demonstrates the positive impact of the island’s conservation efforts!

The project also embraces ‘citizen science’, which refers to the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists. Our travelling students and school groups will play a crucial role in collecting valuable data on the island’s biodiversity. This data will aid ongoing research efforts, enhancing our understanding of the ecosystem’s intricacies and the conservation needs of threatened species.

One of our most significant initiatives on Infuse’s new program is the protection of the island’s Little Penguin colony! These charming creatures rely on a healthy habitat to thrive, including vegetation and nesting boxes, to sustain and grow their population numbers. As part of our program, students contribute to this important cause, creating safe spaces for the penguins to thrive and flourish.

As a reward for the dedicated efforts of the Infuse teams, students have the rare opportunity to snorkel with sea lions – an experience consistently rated among the most unforgettable wildlife encounters globally! While this is a once in a lifetime adventure for all involved, it also brings to light  the importance of protecting these endangered creatures and their natural habitats.

Infuse Travel’s commitment to sustainable tourism

The Boston Island Conservation Project reflects our unwavering dedication to sustainable tourism. By providing schools and students with enriching educational experiences centred around environmental conservation, we also aim to inspire a sense of active citizenship, responsibility and appreciation for the natural world.

We are beyond excited to have teams join us in protecting endangered species in South Australia and safeguarding their habitats, as we work together to create a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come. 

Together, let’s make a positive impact on Australia’s threatened species list and appreciate the awe-inspiring natural landscapes we are lucky enough to live amongst.

Find out more about our Boston Island Conservation project here. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you!