Kan­ga­roo count to track huge ex­pan­sion

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

LOW level aerial kan­ga­roo sur­veys will be held across Vic­to­ria this month.

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning will carry out the sur­veys to pro­vide im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about the es­ti­mated abun­dance and sta­tus of Vic­to­ria’s kan­ga­roo pop­u­la­tions.

The re­sults of the sur­vey will pro­vide a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the pop­u­la­tion dis­tri­bu­tion of Vic­to­ria’s three kan­ga­roo species — the eastern grey kan­ga­roo, west­ern grey kan­ga­roo and red kan­ga­roo.

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

A DELWP spokesper­son said given the large sur­vey area and is­sues af­fect­ing he­li­copter flight, such as wind and vis­i­bil­ity, it was un­aware what ar­eas would be sur­veyed each day.

This is the first statewide kan­ga­roo pop­u­la­tion sur­vey for Vic­to­ria and will help DELWP en­sure kan­ga­roo man­age­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in Vic­to­ria are sus­tain­able. ■ For in­for­ma­tion, phone 131 186 or you can email bio­di­ver­sity.reg­u­la­tion@delwp.vic.gov.au

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