WODONGA MONITORING KICKS OFF!
It’s official, Albury Conservation Company has now expanded our threatened species monitoring program into Wodonga.
A total of 48 sites were monitored using motion-sensing cameras during winter 2020.
Our ecologist Dylan McWhinney, ably assisted by Chris Allen, installed the cameras for ten days/nights each.
The sites were selected from a pool of 60+ sites that met criteria of the program, consistent with the Albury program that has been implemented since 2018. For example, the sites needed to be at least 5 hectares in size and be categorised as either remnant, revegetation, riparian or roadside. Sites are found on private and public land (e.g. Wodonga Retained Environmental Network).
The sites were selected by Liam Grimmett (LG Spatial) and Albury Conservation Company Board Director Dr Damian Michael, and endorsed by Wodonga City Council environment staff.
Squirrel Gliders were detected at 27.08% of the 48 sites surveyed. No Brush-tailed Phascogales or Spotted-tailed Quolls were recorded this time around. Low detection rates were recorded for riparian sites, particularly in urban areas. This result is similar to what has been observed in the Albury monitoring program.
The next round of Wodonga monitoring will occur during Spring.
The expansion of our monitoring program into Wodonga has been made possible through funding from the Ross Trust, Wettenhall Environment Trust and the Festival of Folk Rhythm & Life. The program is supported by Wodonga Council.
(P.S. If you are a private landholder in the Wodonga / Leneva / Baranduda area and have a suitable site on your property for monitoring and are interested in being involved in our program, please get in touch with us. Email [email protected] or phone 0437 552 695).