The importance of long-term monitoring

Billions of dollars have been invested in large-scale restoration
programs across farming landscapes in Australia and overseas.
Some projects involve the protection of remnant native vegetation,
others involve linear or block plantings of native trees. Some involve
innovative mixes of native and traditional crops. Which approaches
work? Which designs are most cost effective and enduring? Longterm
monitoring can generate the evidence on which to judge
these programs and build better policy (evidence-based policy).
Unfortunately, long-term monitoring for such programs is more the
exception than the rule. (Photo by Dean Ansell)

The importance of long-term monitoring

Good decisions for the environment need an eye on the longer term Key messages: Long-term monitoring provides essential evidence on which to base good environmental decisions. Good design is essential for effective long-term monitoring. Things change over time; to remain effective, long-term monitoring needs to adapt around these changes. Partnerships are crucial for ensuring long-term […]

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It is indisputable that animal-borne telemetry has enriched our understanding of the natural world and the animals that inhabit it. But could it also be providing a better guide to environmental decision making? (Images by Catherine Lynch)

Telemetry technology for better conservation

Integrating animal-borne technology with conservation management   Key messages: Research using animal telemetry devices can influence conservation decisions, and should be better integrated with management and policy Value-of-information analysis enables a quantitative assessment on the return-on-investment of animal telemetry-derived data for conservation decision-making Animal-borne telemetry has revolutionised our ability to study animal movement, species physiology, […]

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A Macaroni penguin with attached tracking device. (Image by A Sheffer)

Tracking seabirds for conservation

Seabirds are arguably the most threatened group of birds on the planet and conservation scientists all around the planet are working to understand how we can better protect this group of animals. Many studies involve tracking the movements of these highly mobile birds using a suite of tracking technology (telemetry). CEED recently joined forces with […]

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The grey-crowned babbler, a long-lived, colonial-nesting, woodland bird, in decline in southeast Australia. (Photo by Doug Robinson)

Learning about past restoration effort

The case of the grey-crowned babbler KEY MESSAGES Understanding the value of restoration requires measuring change through time Measure response variables that are meaningful Counterfactuals are necessary: Compared to what? Many resources are spent on restoring habitat to counter the impacts of land clearing and habitat degradation on wildlife populations. But individual projects involving restoration […]

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Animal tracks in the bank

A suite of online data repositories have been established in recent years to host animal tracking records. As our workshop report (on animal telemetry) on page 14 points out, this gives us an opportunity to synthesise hundreds of thousands of animal telemetry datasets. Here are three examples of repositories. Movebank: a free, online database of […]

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“I want one!” A juvenile southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) equipped with a state-of-the-art CTD- SRDL
(Conductivity – Temperature Depth, Satellite-Relay Data Logger). See Roquet et al (2014) for more info.
(Photo by Clive McMahon)

Telemetry and better decision making

Connecting animal telemetry and spatial conservation: A CEED Workshop (University of Queensland, February 2015) The use of animal-borne telemetric devices is a powerful tool for ecologists and wildlife managers. Since the first devices were deployed back in the 1950s (see the story on Laika on page 16) advances in technology and reductions in price have […]

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