Little documentation is available to natural resource management agencies to quantify the densities of vertebrate pests along the Nambucca - Macleay - Port Macquarie Coast line and adjacent estuarine islands / riparian zones.
Availability: 1/07/2015 - 30/06/2018
Time required: Not yet defined
Duration: Not yet defined
Location: Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia
Requires face to face contact: No
Demonstrate the need for improved / coordinated feral vertebrate control to enhance survival of shorebirds and other species along the NSW Mid North Coastal strip .
Data / reports demonstrating: a) population densities of feral vertebrates, b) observed impacts from the pests, c) reports documenting surviving populations of threatened / impacted species (shorebirds, hind dunal species, estuarine species), d) scat sampling / analysis, etc
Addresses a knowledge gap - assist North Coast Local Land Services with justification of financial investment into pest control in the coastal strip.
Working on real issues. Experience collecting data/ undertaking survey work. Working with agencies (NPWS/ OEH/NCLLS/Councils) and community groups (Dunecare/ Aust Birds) etc
Assist with scat contents id (fur analysis?), survey design.
Site selection, access (possibly assist with driving to sampling locations), facilitation of intergovernmental panel to assist a group of students.
Possibly finance scat analysis if not able to be undertaken by undergrads.
NCLLS finances will be available until a project brief is formally written and approved by NCLLS management.