Kan­ga­roo pop­u­la­tion to be counted from the air dur­ing Septem­ber

Myrtleford Times - - News -

THE Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning hopes to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Vic­to­ria’s kan­ga­roo pop­u­la­tions dur­ing Septem­ber.

Last week the agency be­gan low level aerial kan­ga­roo sur­veys across the state.

The sur­vey will cover all of Vic­to­ria, ex­clud­ing heav­ily forested ar­eas of East Gipp­s­land, and will pro­vide im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about the es­ti­mated abun­dance and sta­tus of kan­ga­roo num­bers.

The re­sults of the sur­vey will pro­vide a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the pop­u­la­tion dis­tri­bu­tion of Vic­to­ria’s three kan­ga­roo species, the East­ern Grey, West­ern Grey and Red kan­ga­roo.

Com­mu­ni­ties may notice a he­li­copter fly­ing at ap­prox­i­mately 200ft above ground level, at a speed of 50 knots, con­duct­ing the aerial sur­vey us­ing dis­tance sam­pling across known habi­tats.

Given the large ge­o­graphic area to be cov­ered, an aerial sur­vey is the only fea­si­ble method of es­ti­mat­ing pop­u­la­tion sizes for kan­ga­roo species in Vic­to­ria.

To fur­ther de­ter­mine the ra­tio of east­ern grey to west­ern grey kan­ga­roos, a ground sur­vey from a ve­hi­cle will be con­ducted in the parts of the state where their dis­tri­bu­tions over­lap.

This is the first state-wide kan­ga­roo pop­u­la­tion sur­vey for Vic­to­ria and will as­sist DELWP en­sure kan­ga­roo man­age­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in Vic­to­ria are sus­tain­able.

The sur­vey has been de­vel­oped by DELWP’s Arthur Ry­lah In­sti­tute for En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact DELWP on 131 186 or email io­di­ver­sity.reg­u­la­tion@delwp.vic.gov.au.

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