Camel survey from the air – Great Victoria Desert

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By , June 10, 2011 10:06 am
AWS is collaborating in the collection of information on the distribution and abundance of camels in the Great Victoria Desert. The project involves large-scale aerial survey across the South Australian and West Australian border. Transects are flown at 250 feet above the ground and a 200 m strip is observed on either side of the aircraft in which camels are counted. The results are then used to estimate camel populations in the region as a prelude to subsequent control. In recent years the growing size and impact of the feral camel population in Australia’s rangelands has emerged as a serious issue of management. The Australian Government has committed $19 million to a four-year project to reduce the number and density of feral camels around priority environmental assets (biological refugia and high conservation value aquatic ecosystems). With an equivalent level of activity by state governments, there is potential for a significant reduction in the size and impact of the feral camel herd, as well as opportunities for some development of a local camel industry. More details at http://www.feralcamels.com.au

15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference – Indigenous Wildlife and Feral Management

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By , June 7, 2011 1:34 pm
Dr George Wilson Chaired the Indigenous Wildlife /Feral Management session at the 15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference in Sydney 20-23 June 2011. Further information visit the AVPC website. 15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
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‎15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference

Angkum Indigenous Protected Area

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By , June 7, 2011 1:00 pm
  Australian Wildlife Services is helping traditional owners of the Angkum homelands, Cape York Queensland to develop a plan of management for the proposed Angkum Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). Angkum Homelands are on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula, about 80km south of Lockhart River, at about 13 degrees south of the equator in the Cape York Peninsula biogeographic region. Angkum want to maintain and restore the integrity of the land and sea environments of the Angkum homelands, as well as sustain the interaction between Angkum people and their natural resources. Australian Wildlife Services will work with traditional owners of this unique environment to deliver their dream and aspirations for management and monitoring of Angkum IPA and combining traditioanl ecological knowledge with science. Importantly, traditional owners will be establishing a visitor protocol for visitors to Angkum homelands and IPA which will enable rangers and the IPA manager to enforce correct use of thier lands and sea country.