Last year was very challenging for most field ecology projects. Travel restrictions and site access issues associated with the bushfires and the COVID pandemic meant that most of the field season was a write-off for a lot of projects.

This summer we were able to get out and about a little more easily, so we finally had the chance to set up monitoring stations at some of the threatened upland wetlands that we will be using as monitoring sites for the project.

After receiving the required permissions for all our private and public sites, we made up some specialised racks mounted on star pickets to install at each site. The racks are designed to hold insect traps, sound recorders and weather data loggers, which will enable us to monitor biodiversity and environmental conditions at the lagoon over the next few years. These stations will make planning field work a lot easier for our busy team!

We’re looking forward to collecting data and seeing how biodiversity and environmental conditions compare between lagoons.

Stay tuned for an exciting new citizen science monitoring opportunity that we will be launching at two of our lagoons in the coming months! In the mean time, you can add any biodiversity sightings you see at any of the lagoons via our iNaturalist project page.

Our sound recorders are intended to record the frog species using the lagoons, but this little Peron’s tree frog (Litoria peronii) was using it as a snug hiding place!

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