- Field Program
- Science: surveys and research
Surveying the distribution of a threatened species like the Golden Bandicoot isn’t any easy task!Read more...
An important initial focus of the Artesian Range science program is to generate a comprehensive inventory of the species present within the sanctuary. To this end, AWC field ecologists have been employing a range of survey techniques (including standard trapping, hair tube surveys, camera trap surveys and track and scat observations). Each survey represents a major logistical challenge as most parts of the sanctuary are accessible only by helicopter, the area is largely unexplored and there are a range of challenges (saltwater crocodiles, tropical insects and extreme heat and humidity!).
AWC ecologists also undertake more than 4000 live trap nights and greater than 5000 camera trap nights each year to measure more than 20 ecological health indicators including:
Two important scientific research projects are also underway: