The twenty-fifth Lyrebird survey has been carried out at Kinglake National Park. Whilst generally there are no numbers generated from the survey, it has proven a successful method of assessing Lyrebird populations in pockets of the National Park and a base line of density in these pockets. It’s also fun. How so?
- Get up at 5:30 AM on a cold July morning at Kinglake,
- Drive to your survey point in the dark.
- Stand in the dark and wait for the sun to rise.
- Listen for the male Lyrebird to call and record his location using a compass and estimated distance from where you stand.
- Go back to the office for breakfast and then home.
How is that not fun?
Below is the scene at first light from my survey site. Those burnt Eucalypts that are still alive have new leaf growth. Below these there are literally hundreds of thousands of new trees growing.
Why no numbers?
It’s not my project. I would strive for some kind of figure but the co-ordinator is not a scientist or amateur researcher. PV also have limited involvement or intentions for any scientific outcomes.
To make matters worse, pre fire results were lost so we’re basically starting from scratch.