Journal article

Cost-effectiveness of thermal imaging for monitoring a cryptic arboreal mammal

Christopher A Pocknee, Jose J Lahoz-Monfort, Roger W Martin, Brendan A Wintle

WILDLIFE RESEARCH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2021

Abstract

Context: The development of reliable and cost-efficient survey techniques is key to the monitoring of all wildlife. One group of species that presents particular challenges for monitoring is the arboreal mammals. Traditional techniques for detecting these species often yield low detection probabilities (detectability) and are time-consuming, suggesting the potential for novel methods to enhance our understanding of their distribution, abundance and population trajectories. One technique that has been shown to increase detectability in a range of terrestrial species is thermal imaging, although it has rarely been applied to arboreal species. The true conservation status of Lumholtz's tree-kan..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which this work took place, the Ngadjon and Jirrbal people. We thank Amy Shima and Richard Hopkinson for their advice and assistance with data collection for this project, as well as the many volunteers who donated their time to surveys. Thanks also go to the landowners who allowed us to survey land on or adjacent to their properties, including Noel Preece, Penny van Oosterzee, Lorraine Jarrett, Janet Cummings, Bill Krieg and John Dredge. This research received support from the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program through the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, and a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher grant of Lahoz-Monfort. We also acknowledge the Wet Tropics Management Authority for making vegetation maps available, and David Gillieson for supplying site information.