Monitoring More Malleefowl!

Watheroo National Park LiDAR results are in! And we are excited to announce we have new mounds to monitor!

As part of NACC NRM’s Malleefowl project ‘Gnow or Never’, NACC NRM teamed up with Anditi to identify new Malleefowl mounds across our region using LiDAR. This enabled us to identify several new mounds at old monitoring sites and, most excitingly, added whole new monitoring sites to the national database.

One of these new sites is Watheroo National Park, where LiDAR identified approximately 40 potential mounds, all needing to be ground-truthed.

To achieve this, NACC NRM and the National Malleefowl Recovery Team (NMRT) partnered for a training workshop in early May. Liz Kington and Carl Danzi ran the workshop teaching Parks and Wildlife Aboriginal Rangers and staff and Kwelena Mambakort Aboriginal Corporation Rangers all about Malleefowl monitoring and data management.

The workshop was run over two and half days, and on the first day, we learnt about The Amazing Malleefowl and how this program helps to interpret breeding density trends across their range.

As a Malleefowl monitoring coordinator, many tasks must be completed before getting the fieldwork underway. We learnt how to undertake some of these tasks in this workshop, including setting up the Android phones and GPS’s for field data collection and uploading and managing the monitoring data ready for adding to the National monitoring database.

On the second day, we headed to Watheroo National Park for the fun part; field data collection. When LiDAR points are collected, they must still be checked to determine whether they are a Malleefowl mound or not, and we were very excited to find that 12 of the mounds that we ground-truthed were, in fact, Malleefowl mounds. These are now registered for annual monitoring with the NMRT. A very exciting outcome.

This project is supported by NACC NRM through funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Program.

Jarna Kendle – Biodiversity Program Coordinator

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