The eastern edge of Victoria Alpine National Park is set to receive one of the most thorough surveys ever, involving palaeontologists, geologists and biologists beginning 18 November.
Parks Victoria, Museum Victoria and 4WD Victoria will cooperate to examine the wildlife in the area and gather information about how well certain species are inhabiting the alpine terrain of the park compared to some threatened populations in other areas of Victoria.
"We love exploring the bush and this project presented a unique opportunity for our volunteers to be used for the first time in a major fauna research survey," Project and Events Manager of 4WD Victoria Wayne Hevey said.
"Many of the high altitude species in the highest parts of Victoria are the most vulnerable in the state," Dr Mark Norman, Head of Sciences, Museum Victoria, said.
"Over 80 researchers will be seeking the signs, sounds and movements of these wonderful creatures. The data we collect will help establish the status of many of the area’s endangered species," said Dr Norman.
This is the fifth Bioscan to be undertaken by Parks Victoria and Museum Victoria as part of a five-year program designed to study wildlife across Victoria’s national parks, from deserts to forests to underwater kelp reefs. The program commenced in 2011.
Results will be presented at programs with four local schools and students and local residents will be able to interact with the scientists who conducted the survey at a Friday night ‘Science at the Pub.'