The Adaptive Management Predator Experiment aims to understand the impacts that controlling predators has on Malleefowl populations.
The Experiment is being run at sites across Australia. At each location, there are paired sites, one that is baited for foxes (treatment site) and one that is not (control site).
To give useful data for the experiment, the sites need to:
- Have Malleefowl present in two (or more) locations with relatively similar environmental conditions and rainfall.
- Be separated by a distance that ensures the populations respond to management actions independently.
- Have an effective predator control strategy (treatment site) and accurate records on intensity, frequency and timing in the controlled area.
All experiment locations have mound activity sampling done are monitored annually for mound activity in accordance with the Malleefowl National Monitoring Database protocols. In addition, all sites have motion-sensor cameras deployed to detect the activity of predators, mainly foxes and cats, as well as other species like goats, kangaroos, rabbits, deer and pigs. Volunteers help us review photos to detect these species.
To read more about the experiment, visit the project page at the Threatened Species Recovery Hub.
The Adaptive Management experiment is aimed at understanding the impacts of controlling predator populations within Malleefowl habitat.
There have been duel experimental locations set up in several areas across the Australian mallee country to begin a process of data gathering that will eventually give a statistically significant answer on predator impact by comparing sites with planned predator control to sites that do not have predator control measure in place.
To give the most useful statical data for the experiment the paired sites need to:
-Have Malleefowl present in two (or more) locations with relatively similar environmental conditions.
-Be no more than 5 kilometres apart, to ensure that the populations respond to the management strategy independently.
-Have an effective predator control strategy and accurate records on intensity, frequency and timing in the controlled area.
All experiment locations have mound activity sampling done annually in accordance with the Malleefowl National Monitoring Database protocols.
“The Adaptive Management Predator Experiment project continues to be the largest predator control experiment in Australia.”
This project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.