A quiet Spring has meant we have had some time to catch up on our wildlife camera data. It's been a massive task as we have captured over 300,000 photographs in the last 2 years of activity in the landscape; these images needed to be reviewed, #tagged, filed and stored. The good news is we are now up to date, a huge effort by Louis.
We have up to 12 cameras deployed in the field that capture anything that moves. They are focussed on capturing data on non-native predators (fox and cats) as these species have particularly adverse effects on our endangered native mammal populations. However the cameras capture all sorts of fascinating images - we have a whole folder called 'cuties'!
This program is supervised by Dr Andrew Claridge who has decades of experience documenting change in the landscape, all of which has led to practical outcomes for land management.
This work involves about 30 hours/month, it is a big financial commitment. However it's the best way to get a clear picture of what is happening over time. We are now in a position to have the data sent off to be analysed by scientists to determine whether our feral animal control program is working.