Eat – Sleep – Trap – Repeat… Long-term Monitoring of Multiple Threatened Species

Long-term monitoring programs, although sometimes tedious and repetitive, provide critical information to the teams tasked with ensuring impacts to the environment are kept to a minimum when developing and operating some of Australia’s largest mining operations.  But what happens when your mining operations are spread across an area almost twice the size of Ireland (120,000 km2) and you need to monitor five threatened fauna species?

The zoology team at Spectrum Ecology have been working with our client since 2012, conducting ongoing monitoring of Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis), Pilbara Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus barroni), Pilbara Leaf-nosed Bat (Rhinonicteris aurantia) and Ghost Bat (Macroderma gigas) across the Pilbara region.  Working with both our client and relevant staff at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), the Spectrum Ecology team have developed cost effective monitoring programs that use both traditional methods (active searches and trapping) and the latest technology (Reconyx HP2X motion cameras and Wildlife Acoustics SM4 acoustic recorders) to allow the concurrent monitoring of multiple species during each field event and the collection of data that is directly comparable to regional datasets collected by the scientists at the DBCA.

The Spectrum Ecology team has just completed the winter component of the 2018 monitoring program which comprised five separate field events focussed on both the Northern Quoll and Greater Bilby.  Eat – Sleep – Trap – Repeat… It may sound monotonous; however, our team of enthusiastic zoologists never tire of working with these threatened species… Up Next – Pilbara Leaf-nosed Bats, Ghost Bats, Pilbara Olive Pythons and more Greater Bilbies.

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