Tree-top living, just don’t look down

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This Greater Glider (Petauroides volans) was 25 m up in a Mountain Gum (Eucalyptus dalrympleana).

Our night-time surveys are revealing a forest rich in wildlife.  And the stable, clear Autumn weather has been ideal for working in the forest at night. Though the Strathbogie Forest doesn’t have the tallest of trees, craning one’s neck to look up into 30-40 m canopies can take its toll.

We document all our sightings : time of the observation, species ID, latitude and longitude, species of tree the animal was in, height of the animal in the tree and the number referencing to the photo of the animal. For example:

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To date we’ve recorded:

  • Owlet Nightjar
  • Tawny Frogmouth
  • Southern Boobook Owl
  • Powerful Owl
  • Greater Glider
  • Sugar Glider
  • Common Ringtail Possum
  • Mountain Brushtail Possum
  • Koala

The list would be longer if all the species we encountered were recorded, but we’re focusing on nocturnal birds and arboreal mammals. Here are some images from the last two week’s survey work. Click on an image to open the slide show.

This is a Strathbogie Ranges CMN project. This project was funded with the support of the Victorian Government.

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2 responses to “Tree-top living, just don’t look down

  1. Wonderful stuff! Fascinating to see how the forests come to life as we slumber.

  2. Marjorie Phillips

    Fabulous work

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