The work of the local Terrick Terrick Grassland Fauna Survey Group was recognised last weekend, with the presentation of the prestigious 2014 Parks Vic, ‘Kookaburra’ award, for ‘special places’. Team Leader environmental scientist Dr Mark Antos has coordinated a diverse group of volunteers from across the state over the last five years. The team conducts spotlight surveys throughout the year across the native grassland portions of Terrick Terrick National Park. They capture and band several bird species, including the threatened Plains Wanderer. Mammals and reptiles recorded include a range of species including Fat tailed Dunnarts and Curl Snakes.
The information gained from this survey work adds both to the knowledge base of individual species, and provides a basis for overall park management decisions. The value placed upon this research is highlighted by the ongoing participation of international wildlife researchers over the survey duration..