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Remote camera monitoring and arboreal trapping data for a reintroduced population of red-tailed phascogales (Phascogale calura)

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Anderson, Georgina (2024). Remote camera monitoring and arboreal trapping data for a reintroduced population of red-tailed phascogales (Phascogale calura) [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.xd2547dp4

Abstract

Effective monitoring methods are required to evaluate the success of wildlife reintroduction programs. To improve the threat status of the Vulnerable red-tailed phascogale (Phascogale calura), the Australian Wildlife Conservancy reintroduced the species to a fenced reserve at Mt. Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary. After trialing a variety of post-release monitoring methods, remote camera monitoring and arboreal trapping with an extensive period of pre-luring provided the most information with which to evaluate the success of the reintroduction. To date, reintroduced red-tailed phascogales have increased in both occupancy and population size following releases which began at Mt. Gibson in 2017. Other managers of red-tailed phascogale populations may find the described methods useful, particularly in the context of multi-species reintroductions where trap saturation can reduce capture rates of smaller species, such as phascogales.

README: Remote camera monitoring and arboreal trapping data for a reintroduced population of red-tailed phascogales (Phascogale calura)


A reintroduced population of red-tailed phascogales at AWC's Mt. Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary, WA, are monitored via arboreal trapping and remote camera monitoring. Data from the arboreal trapping survey is used to estimate site abundance. Data from the remote camera survey is used to estimate occupancy.

This dataset includes the following CSV files:
Arboreal trapping_capture data
Arboreal trapping_site location
Camera survey_deployment data
Camera survey_detection data
Camera survey_site location

Description of the data and file structure

Column headings - Description
Capture date - Date of capture
Trap Site - Name of trap site
ID - individual ID of captured red-tailed phascogale
X_COORD - UTM easting coordinates, zone 50
Y_COORD - UTM northing coordinates, zone 50
Camera Site - Name of camera site
Date deployed - The date the camera was deployed in the field (i.e., start of the survey)
Date retrieved - The date the camera was retrieved from the field (i.e., end of the survey)
Detection date - Date of red-tailed phascogale detection on remote camera, one detection per survey date per site

The arboreal trapping files are linked via the Trap Site.
The camera survey files are linked via the Camera Site

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Funding

Perth Zoo

Northern Agricultural Catchments Council