Ever wondered what wildlife is on your property?
Motion sensitive cameras and smartphone applications have revolutionised the way we can monitor wildlife. Incorporating these technologies with citizen-science can bring out the inner scientist in all of us, while providing researchers with access to new data.
In 2016-17, the TLC embraced citizen science to answer large-scale scientific questions by trialling WildTracker, a community-based wildlife monitoring program led by the TLC’s conservation ecologist Matt Taylor.
Continuing this work, the TLC is now partnering with NRM North to roll out workshops in northern Tasmania – the first of which were held in Deviot and Westbury in December 2018 and attracted 43 landholders.
“The workshops were hands-on with people practicing setting up a wildlife monitoring site and taking selfies of themselves pretending to be bandicoots,” Matt explains.
“Participants have since been collecting data on eastern barred bandicoots and feral cats at 55 sites in the Tamar and Meander Valleys and this data will be used to identify target areas for ongoing conservation works to protect bandicoots and other species.”
Please contact Matt to register your interest in future field days, via email@example.com
This project is a partnership between the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, NRM North, Land for Wildlife, the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government.