Comparison of two techniques to survey macropod abundance in an ecologically sensitive habitat

Woolnough, Andrew P. (2005) Comparison of two techniques to survey macropod abundance in an ecologically sensitive habitat. Australian Mammalogy, 27 (1). pp. 69-72.

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Abstract

THERE are many techniques available to measure the abundance of animal populations (e.g., Caughley 1977; Caughley and Grigg 1981; Southwell 1989; McCallum 2000; Buckland et al. 2001). A key point emphasised by each of these authors is that when choosing the most appropriate method(s) for measuring the abundance of animal populations, the manager or researcher must consider the ecological question(s) being asked. This in turn will determine what technique(s) will be most appropriate, what data are likely to be collected for analysis, and how these data will address the ecological question being asked. For the larger macropods, particularly Macropus spp., many of the techniques used to measure the abundance, and associated issues, have been reviewed (see Southwell 1989). Despite this, the applicability of these techniques has rarely been compared, particularly with respect to the observed variability in temporal counts.

Item ID: 13979
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: eastern grey kangaroo; macropod abundance; population estimates; survey
ISSN: 1836-7402
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 22:58
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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