Karen Rowe (left) and Bentley Bird set up an automated recorder in the Gippsland Lakes area.
Harnessing these technological breakthroughs, Museum Victoria and the VNPA have developed the ‘Communities Listening for Nature’ project, which will be supported by funding from the Hugh
Photo: Museum Victoria/David Paul
Photo: Museum Victoria/Jon Augier
Spectrogram diagrams show the frequency range of different bird calls and can be used to create templates, allowing automated recognition of species.
Two Brolgas call while walking near a pond at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee.
D. T. Williamson Foundation and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. Community groups will be provided with the resources and training to
How to get involved We are starting the exciting new NatureWatch project ‘Communities Listening for Nature’ in 2016. Building on our successes with Reef Watch, we are delighted to be again partnering with Museum Victoria in another important citizen science project. ‘Communities Listening for Nature’ complements the VNPA’s existing NatureWatch project ‘Caught on Camera’, in which we monitor mammals using motion-sensing cameras. Adding sound recorders
will allow us to monitor a greater variety of species and give us a more complete picture of how wildlife responds to the issues we are investigating. If you’d like to be part of this exciting new project, sign up for NatureWatch email updates at naturewatch.vnpa.org.au to be the first to find out about what’s happening. Or for more information, contact NatureWatch Coordinator Christine Connelly on 9341 6510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
carry out their own acoustic monitoring projects, building knowledge and understanding of Victoria’s bird species. In turn, the acoustic data collected by the groups will be made available to the public digitally via Museum Victoria’s online collections database. For now, the data collected will be used to investigate locally-relevant questions, such as whether a threatened species is present in an area, how a key fire-response species is responding to planned burning, and whether there is a difference in bird diversity in particular vegetation types. As this digital data provides a permanent record of the species found in a particular place and time, it can also help researchers, land managers and government bodies address conservation and management issues in Victoria now and into the future. • PW
PArk watch • MARCH 2016 No 264
Park Watch No 264 March 2016. Published by the Victorian National Parks Association - www.vnpa.org.au