Friends of Organ Pipes National Park received a grant to continue their long term bat monitoring program, a program involving both volunteers and scientists. They are collecting information on population structure, reproductive success, longevity and social associations between bats. Volunteers are trained in handling, processing and identification. The main aim of this particular project is to investigate how bat behaviour is affected by bat box design, placement and orientation.
The Victorian Wader Study Group is a respected group who monitor wader birds in Victoria. This project looked at monitoring Eastern Curlews and Sanderlings in Corner Inlet, Gippsland. The grant helped to purchase geolocators (light sensitive data loggers), used to collect data on the birds’ migration routes, stopover locations, breeding destinations and general migration. Collecting this data helps all sorts of groups including BirdLife Australia to work together to protect birds and their habitat.
The Conservation Ecology Centre was funded to monitor wildlife in the declining manna gum populations, in Cape Otway. The decline is partly due to fire and over-foraging by koalas. The group wants to establish baseline data of fauna species in the manna gums, to be able to monitor any changes to biodiversity in the future. Monitoring was done using box and pit-fall traps, dawn chorus, playback surveys, spotlight surveys, and camera traps. Monitoring and recording data is an essential part of this group’s successful operation.
The Mammal Survey Group of Victoria has received two grants from us. They purchased infra-red cameras to allow them to do comprehensive and non-invasive monitoring of mammals by their volunteers. The cameras are providing evidence of animal behaviour that was previously not able to be detected by trapping and other traditional methods of observation. This group of volunteers work in all sorts of habitats around the State and provide data to community, environment and Landcare groups who are working in that area.