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Science: surveys and research at Brooklyn
At Brooklyn, AWC measures a suite of indicators of ecological health by undertaking more than 2,500 live trap nights each year plus 30 vegetation surveys and at least 500 camera trap nights. The impact of fire is measured using satellite imagery while populations of feral herbivores are estimated by aerial census.
Important research projects are addressing:
- The experimental use of carefully timed fire to control the weed grader grass.
- The effect of cattle grazing on small mammal and reptile populations.
- Habitat use by the Northern Quoll, a species of marsupial which is serious decline throughout its former range; this will help identify the factors which support it at Brooklyn, which may assist in the conservation of Quolls elsewhere.
Brooklyn’s landscape and wildlife diversity has attracted considerable research interest from the CSIRO and universities interested in tropical ecology including the response of wildlife to climate change.