Our first wombat surveys for 2018 will take place at the end of March. Over the past few months we have been busy honing the survey technique and data collection methods, which will allow us to be ready to hit the ground running on our first day of monitoring.
We’ve also been liaising with property owners in our priority monitoring sites, to identify additional suitable survey locations to include in our March surveys. Our aim is to ensure that every time we conduct surveys, we grow the project to add more sites and increase our understanding of the impact of mange at these locations.
Volunteers on the first monitoring project will be heading up onto Tasmania’s Central Plateau. From previous surveys, we know that there is mange on this property and this project will assist the landholder to understand how much of an impact it has had on the population over the past 6 months, and whether it is moving to other areas of the property. They will then use this information to determine best practice manage management for the wombats on their land.
We have a long road ahead of us, with many hours of monitoring still to come, and we are grateful for the support from our volunteers and donors. We’d like to thank all our wonderful volunteers who show so much passion and dedication for these wombats, as well as our generous GlobalGiving donors who continue to support our success in this project - you really are making a significant difference to the survival of our wombats!
As we move in to our survey season, we look forward to bringing you the results of our monitoring efforts in our next update. Stay tuned!