Kangaroo population to be counted from the air during September
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 email@example.com.