Category: Cybertracker

Questabird

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By , July 9, 2014 11:29 am

Home screenshot Questabird – more like Questafun! AWS is reviewing the iPhone app now available for free download from the App Store. It is also available on Android.  The Questbird app combines gaming technology with wildlife science. Kids and big kids can join in to locate and photograph birds and other wildlife in the wild to receive points and gold. Current Quests created by AWS  are shown below. Quests can be used by researchers and government interested in locating certain species – verified sightings become usable data, going to the very important Atlas of Living Australia’s database (ala.org.au). See http://www.questabird.com/ for more information.

Toogimbie IPA Vegetation and Bird Surveys

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By , May 21, 2014 10:06 am

Bladder SaltbushAustralian Wildlife Services undertook bird and vegetation surveys on Toogimbie Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in April. Toogimbie are using their cultural access licence (water) as well as revegetation and pest management strategies to rehabilitate their wetlands. The wetlands have cultural and environmental significance in the region. Surveys focused on birds and wetland vegetation, in particular setting up of long-term monitoring transects and collection of baseline data. The Toogimbie Rangers will then be able to repeat the surveys over time to show environmental change as a result of their land management activities. Opportunistic records of frogs were also collected. Further surveys are still needed in bats, reptiles, mammals and water quality pending funding. Indigenous Protected Areas across Australia need more scientific support to undertake a range of environmental improvement activities. More information on Toogimbie IPA and the Nari Nari Tribal Council.

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Toogimbie IPA & Nantawarrina IPA CyberTracker development

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By , May 14, 2013 4:05 pm

 

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Nantawarrina Screen activitiesAWS visited the IPA Rangers from the Toogimbie IPA Hay, NSW and rangers at Nantawarrina IPA in South Australia to undertake some CyberTracker development and training between March and May 2013 as part of SEWPAC’s CyberTracker Program. We worked together to customise the GPS tracking program CyberTracker to fit the IPA work plan and needs. We developed sequences to GPS track feral animal and weed management, wildlife and birds, rainfall, fencing, cultural and burial site management, revegetation and seed collection, important plants, bushtucker, road maintenance, fire management, visitor management and more.
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Windamara rangers visit Angas Downs IPA

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By , June 21, 2012 9:52 am

 

During May 2012, the Angas Downs rangers successfully hosted 8 IPA/WoC rangers from the Windamara Aboriginal Corporation from Heywood Victoria and Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area – as part of a Ranger exchange program. Angas Downs rangers showed them about their country, showed them their work on camel control, tourism opportunities and cultural sites. They also met the Angas Downs Emus and Kangaroos. Then the Windamara rangers went onto Uluru where they met the rangers there. Angas Downs Rangers will then visit them in Victoria. They will learn about how they go about their cultural heritage management and tourism.

Buffel Grass Surveys, Angas Downs

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By , June 12, 2012 11:15 am

Buffel grass presence / absence surveys began in June 2012 on Angas Downs IPA. The survey can be redone next year to show how buffel is expanding or not. It will be interesting to see how quickly it takes to increase from a few plants to a dense patch. If a fast increase in plant density is shown, controlling single plants may be beneficial. The rangers drive the tracks and roads and enter into Cybertracker where they see single plants, a few plants or dense patches. The survey will be finished in July 2012.

 

Cybertracker training with Budj Bim Rangers, Winda-mara Aboriginal Corp, SW Victoria

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By , April 16, 2012 3:13 pm

AWS have provided Cybertracker training to the Winda-mara Aboriginal Corporation’s Budj Bim Rangers in Heywood, south-west Victoria. Cybertracker is an easy way of collecting field-based GPS data for nearly any purpose. The Working on Country (WoC) rangers (see environment.gov.au) got together and worked out what information they wanted to collect – then with help from AWS learnt about how to tailor the Cybertracker to be useful. The rangers have since been trialing the new Cybertracker in the field. They can collect data on a wide variety of topics including cultural and heritage site maintenance, weed and pest control and revegetation. The rangers aim to collect data that shows the great work they do for the environment and cultural maintenance under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Protected Area, Working on Country and National Heritage Landscape programs.

 

Contact AWS Jenny Smits for more information researchofficer@awt.com.au. See also: Cybertracker on Angas Downs IPA Northern Territory.