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Title: Camera traps in the canopy: surveying wildlife at tree hollow entrances
Contributor(s): Cotsell, Nigel (author); Vernes, Karl A  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1071/PC15030
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Abstract: This is the first comprehensive camera trap study to examine hollow usage by wildlife in the canopy of trees. Eighty cameras directed at tree hollows were deployed across eight sites in nine species of eucalypt in north-east New South Wales. In total, 38 species (including 21 birds, 9 mammals and 8 reptiles) were recorded at hollow entrances over a three-month period. There was a significant difference between wildlife hollow usage associated with site disturbance and tree growth stage (ANOSIM, P>0.05); however, there was no significant difference associated with tree hollow diameter (ANOSIM, P>0.05). The level of anthropogenic disturbance at each site, including vegetation modification of the understorey, was a significant predictor of species presence. Despite the limitations of using camera traps in the canopy of trees this study demonstrates the potential to garner useful insights into the ecology and behaviour of arboreal wildlife.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Pacific Conservation Biology, 22(1), p. 48-60
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Clayton, Australia
ISSN: 1038-2097
Field of Research (FOR): 050206 Environmental Monitoring
050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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