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Science: surveys and research at Pungalina-Seven Emu
Rock Wallaby recorded during biological survey.
AWC’s science team measures more than 25 indicators of ecological health at Pungalina-Seven Emu, including the abundance and diversity of key faunal groups as well as the density of feral herbivores.
To this end, ecological surveys are conducted annually over a period of 4 weeks by 3-4 AWC ecologists, assisted by permanent sanctuary staff and volunteers. These surveys typically comprise 2000 live trap nights, 150 camera trap nights, 20 spotlight surveys, 5 bat trap nights, 20 vegetation surveys and 5 wetland surveys. A number of previous surveys have been assisted by the Garawa Rangers, the local indigenous ranger group. The Shadforth family has participated in surveys on Seven Emu.
A range of fire metrics are measured by the analysis of satellite imagery.
AWC research activity on Pungalina-Seven Emu is focused on examining the catastrophic recent decline of small mammals in northern Australia and identifying land management strategies that will halt and reverse this decline.