Birds (primarily forest ravens and currawongs)
Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment
Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) Permit is open until 3 July 2019
Applicant: University of Tasmania
Species/Taxon: Birds (primarily Forest Ravens and Black Currawongs, but also other species)
Location: Parks and Wildlife Service reserves, crown land and private land on King Island and Flinders Island. These places include (but are not limited too) Strzelecki National Park, Patriarchs Conservation Area, Colliers Swamp and Lavinia State Reserve.
Title of research: Drivers of bird community structure on temperate land-bridge islands
Aim of project: To understand the processes that shaped the historical and current bird communities on the islands of the Bass Strait and predict future shifts in species compositions on the islands. Although a large component of the project involves the use of modelling techniques, data on bird communities in the region is sparse. Therefore, the other broad aim is to collect additional data from the Bass Strait Islands to improve the accuracy and value of the models.
Justification: The project will advance our understanding of the impacts of insular biogeography, land-use change and shifting climate patterns on bird communities. In addition, this study will inform revisions to management strategies for endangered bird species found on the Bass Strait Islands.
Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved: It is anticipated that we will observe approximately 10,000 birds over the duration of the study.
Activities undertaken and methods: We will sample populations of birds, focusing on Forest Ravens and Black Currawongs, at 80 survey sites distributed across King and Flinders Islands. These surveys will be completed within a 2-ha circle (80m radius) over a period of 5 minutes. Observation of the animals will occur quietly from a suitable distance, without major disturbance or intervention.
Fate of animals: No animals will be handled, capture, or collected.
Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch): Little to no impact on the animals.