Do you have some bushland on your property and are curious to know what wildlife might be around? As part of this Bushfire Recovery Project we are using remote cameras to get an idea of what animals have survived or recolonised the burnt areas. At this stage (after about a month of filming) we have recorded species such as Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Swamp Wallabies and Wombats as well as Foxes (unfortunately widespread) and Rabbits. We are very keen to move our cameras around and hopefully get some evidence of some smaller marsupials thriving such as Bandicoots and Bush Rats, or even get some snaps of a Strzelecki Koala. Get in contact with us at email@example.com if you are interested in borrowing a camera to use in your patch of bush.
One way people can contribute to our knowledge of the local environment is to monitor change and keep records of animal sightings. This could be in simple ways, for example keeping a monthly list of bird species that visit your property or other interesting wildlife sightings. Remote cameras are a new technology that can be placed out in the bush to help gain an insight into what the local wildlife populations are up to. The Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network have a couple of these cameras and they are available to loan to landholders within the fire affected area who would like to gain a better idea of what animals have survived or returned to their area. Contact 1300 094 262 for more information.