The use of remote cameras at the nestboxes of arboreal mammals, Brush-tailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa and Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps in the Rushworth State Forest

Drury, Robin
February 2014
Victorian Naturalist;Feb2014, Vol. 131 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
The Fauna Survey Group of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria has a program for monitoring nestboxes in the box-ironbark forests near Rushworth, Victoria. In addition to its normal monitoring program, in May 2012 five remote cameras were set up for 23 nights with a view to monitoring the Sugar Glider and Phascogale activity at selected sites. The cameras produced images of nestbox inhabitant activity, as well as that of some visitor animals. At face value the results of this simple survey provide support for previous research into the behaviour and activity of the target species around nesting sites. The images showed that both species are active only between dusk and dawn, they both have periods of inactivity and both use multiple nesting sites; however, there were also gaps in ?evidence', which demonstrate that some camera settings and site set-up processes need to be adjusted to increase the confidence in any findings.


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