Fauna Survey Weekend – Toolangi

Over the weekend of 23-25 November members of the Kinglake Landcare Group and local residents carried out a fauna survey at a bushland property in Toolangi.
 

Native Bush Rat

Led by Peter Homan from RMIT and the Field Naturalist Club of Victoria the volunteers carried out trapping for small mammals and bats, spotlighting for possums and gliders, bird watching and reptile searches.
Volunteers setting up the harp trap
Weighing trapped mammals



Over the weekend we were lucky enough to capture Native Bush Rats and Agile Antechinus in the Elliott Traps and five different species of small insectivorous bats in the Harp Trap including Large Forest Bat and Lesser Long-eared Bat.

 
Agile Antechinus






Spotlighting observations included Sugar Gliders, Ringtail Possums, wombats and Swamp Wallabies.

The reptile searches turned up McCoy’s Skink and Southern Water Skink and bird watching resulted in the recording of 17 species of birds including Rufous Whistler and Tawny Frogmouth.

Remote sensor cameras were also set up and we were able to get some great footage of Long-nosed Bandicoots.
Bat in the harp trap
This fauna survey event was funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.
All field work was conducted under a DSE issued Scientific Research Permit.

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