Fauna Monitoring

Fauna Monitoring in the Moorabool Catchment

We have 32 motion sensing fauna monitoring cameras, and an ultra sonic bat detector at our disposal. We employ these tools to gather important data of native wildlife in our local area. 

If you would like to be a part of our next fauna monitoring program, please get in touch. 

A group of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo’s (Cacatua galerita)

Why do we monitor fauna?

Monitoring our local wildlife gathers important data. This data tells us information about species distribution, population health and is more reliable than anecdotal reports. 

Having reliable data allows us to monitor the health of species over time. While anecdotal reports can bring our attention to species decline we need data to back this up, so we can make better management decisions and protect vulnerable species. 

Latest survey results

Our most recent survey took place from 02/11/2020 - 28/02/2021

We covered 2 Bioregions

And 8 different Ecological Vegetation Class's (EVC)

New Holland Honeyeater’s (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) having a drink

We recorded 22 native species

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

And 3 introduced species

What do we do with this information?

We upload the results of our surveys to biodiversity data bases such as the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas (VBA) and Atlas of Living Australia (ALA). These online data bases are used by natural resource managers, policy makers, scientists and developers to make decisions  that impact biodiversity. 

The more data available the better decisions can be made to preserve biodiversity of our natural eco-systems.

We also use this information for our own projects to make better management decisions. If we want to have an impact on a particular species, this information allows us to monitor the success of management actions to the target species. 

How can you get involved?

Unless we are targetting a specific species, we conduct our fauna monitoring everywhere from urban areas to remnant bushland. Every piece of data we can gather is important, and tells a story of our landscape and what we can do to help it. 

We run our fauna monitoring programs twice a year, and members are allowed to borrow cameras when they like to conduct their own monitoring projects. If you would like to be a part of our next fauna monitoring program or conduct your own, please get in touch.