It is easy to believe that common native animals like kangaroos, possums, lyrebirds and wombats will always be around. Is it possible, that, despite being relatively common, they are in decline? WildCount aims to answer this question.
WildCount is a 10-year fauna monitoring program that uses motion-sensitive digital cameras in 200 sites across 146 parks and reserves in eastern NSW.
WildCount looks at trends in occurrence of animals at these sites, to understand if animals are in decline, increasing or stable.
The video below has more information about the project.
Based on current data, WildCount can confidently detect changes in occurrence of 12 species over ten years. As we get more data over time, the list below is expected to grow.
||Short-eared brushtail possum
|Common brushtail possum
||Eastern grey kangaroo
WildCount will be able to detect if there is a change in occurrence that meets the criteria for listing species under the IUCN Red List. The power to detect such change means OEH can examine other broad trends such as increase in pest species. Understanding these changes in native and pest species will assist in the management of parks and reserves.
WildCount focuses on monitoring typically common and widespread species. However, there have been other exciting detections.
Have a look at some of the photos captured by the WildCount cameras this year.
More photos from previous years:
For more information, consult the NSW Wildlife Atlas
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Page last updated: 26 September 2014