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Community finding fauna – naturalist groups contributing to research on the response of fauna to fire

Black Saturday Victoria 2009 – Natural values fire recovery program

Phoebe Macak, Matthew Bruce, Richard Loyn


Community finding fauna – naturalist groups contributing to research on the response of fauna to fire

Phoebe Macak, Matthew Bruce, Richard Loyn

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research

123 Brown Street, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084

This project is No. 26 of the program ‘Rebuilding Together’ funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments’ Statewide Bushfire Recovery Plan, launched October 2009.

Published by the Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment, March 2012

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Citation: Macak, P.V., Bruce, M.J. and Loyn, R.H. (2012) Community Finding Fauna – naturalist groups contributing to research on the response of fauna to fire. Black Saturday Victoria 2009 - Natural values fire recovery program. Department of Sustainability and Environment, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Front cover photographs: Main image: a Black Wallaby in front of a bait cage, photographed by an automated survey camera. Small images: top, an automated camera being retrieved from a study site (Matt Bruce); middle, installing a bat detector unit (Joan Broadberry); bottom, an Australian Magpie photographed by an automated survey camera.

Contents

Acknowledgements iv

Summary v

1 Introduction 1

2 Methods 2

2.1 Naturalist group engagement 2

2.2 Study area & camp locations 2

2.2.1 Fire History – fire frequency and time since fire 2

2.2.2 Weather 4

2.3 Site selection 5

2.4 Survey techniques 6

2.4.1 Survey equipment training 6

2.4.2 Configuration of site survey methods 6

2.4.3 General mammal surveys 7

2.4.4 Insectivorous bat surveys 8

2.4.5 Collection of survey equipment 9

2.4.6 Diurnal bird surveys 9

2.4.7 Incidental observations 9

2.4.8 Survey equipment preparation 9

2.5 Data processing and analysis 10

2.5.1 Images from automated cameras 10

2.5.2 Ultrasonic bat calls 10

2.5.3 Diurnal bird counts 10

2.6 Participant feedback 10

2.7 Photo consent 10

3 Results 11

3.1 Survey camps and associated activities 11

3.1.1 Capacity building 11

3.1.2 Extra activities 11

3.1.3 Participant feedback 11

3.2 Automated cameras 12

3.3 Insectivorous bats 15

3.4 Diurnal birds 15

4 Discussion 20

4.1 Building capacity within naturalist groups 20

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