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In 1987 Dr. Joe Benshemesh started setting up sites for monitoring Malleefowl mounds in Victoria. Similar programs soon sprung up in SA and WA and grew steadily over the years, supported by volunteers in each state.

 

That grew to hundres of people gathering information from thousands of mounds. At the 2004 Malleefowl forum in Mildura it was decided that all this information needed to be gathered into the one place - A National Database

With all of this information being collected by many volunteers ad to ensure all of the data going into the database was collected and recorded in the same way a set of guidelines were written for use in the field - the National Malleefowl Monitoring Manual.

 

With the growth of the digital age, we have seen vast improvements with data collection (using Palms and then GPS PDA’s and now smartphones), gathering of digital images of each mound, and the growth of the data base into an incredibly useful tool that also allows volunteers to see the outcome of their combined efforts.

 

All volunteers can get access to the site. Of particular interest is the file of all past photos of the mounds. Each year another photo is added for each mound, resulting in a slide show of the many stages a mound can go through.

 

The database is also an incredibly powerful tool for scientists to use when analysing mound use over the years, although its main function is to track trends in Malleefowl populations. Mound activity is used  as the best indicator of species survival; the greater the number of active mounds, the more Malleefowl out there in the bush.

 

The database is always being refined to increase it's ability to aid in supplying trend analysis data for future conservation efforts of the Malleefowl.  It is an amazing credit to all of the volunteers’ efforts over the many years of data collection and makes available some very important pieces of information such as how Malleefowl populations are going; where Malleefowl numbers are increasing and where they are decreasing.

 

Knowing what the trends in Malleefowl populations are in different areas is not just an interesting thing to know. It immediately leads us to ask ‘why are Malleefowl doing better here than there?’ Answering this question informs us what the species requires to survive. The annually updated information also allows managers to target certain areas where the birds seem to be struggling, and to measure how effective different management actions are.

 

The aggregated data produced through this database was gathered by many individuals, many of them volunteers, and is held in trust by the National Malleefowl Recovery Group Inc. The information will be used to provide management information to land managers or as directed by the National Malleefowl Recovery Team.

 

Contact us if you would like to get involved in monitoring Malleefowl

National

DATABASE

In 1987 Dr. Joe Benshemesh started setting up sites for monitoring Malleefowl mounds in Victoria. Similar programs soon sprung up in SA and WA and grew steadily over the years, supported by volunteers in each state.

That grew to hundres of people gathering information from thousands of mounds. At the 2004 Malleefowl forum in Mildura it was decided that all this information needed to be gathered into the one place - A National Database

With all of this information being collected by many volunteers ad to ensure all of the data going into the database was collected and recorded in the same way a set of guidelines were written for use in the field - the National Malleefowl Monitoring Manual.

With the growth of the digital age, we have seen vast improvements with data collection (using Palms and then GPS PDA’s and now smartphones), gathering of digital images of each mound, and the growth of the data base into an incredibly useful tool that also allows volunteers to see the outcome of their combined efforts.

All volunteers can get access to the site. Of particular interest is the file of all past photos of the mounds. Each year another photo is added for each mound, resulting in a slide show of the many stages a mound can go through.

The database is also an incredibly powerful tool for scientists to use when analysing mound use over the years, although its main function is to track trends in Malleefowl populations. Mound activity is used  as the best indicator of species survival; the greater the number of active mounds, the more Malleefowl out there in the bush.

The database is always being refined to increase it's ability to aid in supplying trend analysis data for future conservation efforts of the Malleefowl.  It is an amazing credit to all of the volunteers’ efforts over the many years of data collection and makes available some very important pieces of information such as how Malleefowl populations are going; where Malleefowl numbers are increasing and where they are decreasing.

Knowing what the trends in Malleefowl populations are in different areas is not just an interesting thing to know. It immediately leads us to ask ‘why are Malleefowl doing better here than there?’ Answering this question informs us what the species requires to survive. The annually updated information also allows managers to target certain areas where the birds seem to be struggling, and to measure how effective different management actions are.

The aggregated data produced through this database was gathered by many individuals, many of them volunteers, and is held in trust by the National Malleefowl Recovery Group Inc. The information will be used to provide management information to land managers or as directed by the National Malleefowl Recovery Team.

Contact us if you would like to get involved in monitoring Malleefowl

“Mound activity is used  as the best indicator of species survival; the greater the number of active mounds, the more Malleefowl out there in the bush.”

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This project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.