Skylos Ecology assists in the implementation of Bat and Avifauna Monitoring (BAM) Plans at wind farm sites across Australia.
We work directly with wind farm clients, environmental consultancy companies and industry specialists in meeting site specific BAM plan requirements. This includes bird and bat monitoring, mortality surveys using our conservation detection dogs and conducting carcass persistence trials. Our trained conservation detection dogs can:
- Detect both bird and bat species.
- Detect indistinct microbat species within large survey areas.
- Detect targets with greater efficiency than human-only spotters.
- Detect with accuracy rates between 95 –100%.
- Ensure 100% coverage of the survey area.
Skylos Ecology recently co-authored a research paper on curtailment as a method for reducing bat fatalities at wind farm sites. You can read the paper here:
Elmoby Ecology, Principle Ecologist.
Emma's recent presentation on the use of detection dogs at wind farms as best practice in bird and bat monitoring at wind farm sites.
This presentation was part of the Australasian Conservation Dog Network's webinar series.
Skylos Ecology proudly works in partnership with Elmoby Ecology.
Skylos Ecology utilises detection dogs to deliver data for effective biosecurity, pest and disease management.
Oakley, our alligator weed detection dog, has successfully located wild growing alligator weed plants in known infestation sites across Victoria and the ACT during his 2019 and 2020 seasons. Our work assisted with the monitoring and ongoing treatment of infestations. Oakley will continue his alligator weed work in 2021.
Additionally, in 2021 we started training Raasay on Spartina anglica, an invasive grass found in tidal estuaries. Raasay has now completed her internal assessments as well as her field training. She will be ready for deployment later in the year.
In addition to training dogs for biosecurity deployment, Skylos Ecology provides clients with site specific biosecurity procedures and policies. We follow strict guidelines when working with invasive species, helping to ensure effective eradication management of a species.
In preparation for Oakley's preliminary alligator weed deployment Skylos Ecology had the pleasure to work with NSW DPI Biosecurity and their Invasive Species Programs Unit at the Grafton Agriculture Institute.
Our training at the institute was included in their autumn biosecurity newsletter.
Click on the image and scroll to Invasive Plants and Animals for our article.
We utilise our detection dogs' scenting ability in efforts to locate one of Victoria's most threatened and elusive species, the tiger quoll (Dasyurus maculatus).
Skylos Ecology has experienced tiger quoll scat detection dogs teams available for deployment. Our tiger quoll teams can determine the presence of tiger quolls in a survey area through scat detection.
Furthermore, both dietary and DNA analysis of scat samples can provide information on individuals, including their sex and overall health, as well as populations size estimates, population distribution and genetic diversity.
Our teams have been internally assessed and deployed on multiple tiger quoll scat field surveys across Victoria. Our teams regularly score between 80 - 100% in their assessments.
For further information about the tiger quoll, visit Conservation Ecology Centre:
Image credit: CraigRJD
Native & Threatened Species: Tiger Quoll
In 2021 we began training our two detection dogs; Oakley and Rex to detect kowari scats. The kowari (Dasyuroides byrnei) is a small marsupial carnivore most notable for a large brush of dense black furs on its graceful tail. As a member of the Dasyuridae family, kowari are related to the more well-known Tasmanian Devil and Quoll species.
In 2022 our team headed up to the Sturt Stony Desert in partnership with Team Kowari and University of Sydney to help detect active kowari burrows for their research.
Our field trip was featured in the South Australia Arid Landscape Board's newsletter:
Native & Threatened Species: Kowari
Skylos Ecology has a trained koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) detection dog in our ranks.
We can assist with koala rescue deployments across the country, koala research projects and koala presence surveys for the forest industry.
We can detect the presence of koalas in any given survey area through scat detection. Koala populations can then be mapped and scat analysed for further research purposes.
Native & Threatened Species: Koala
Our fox detection dog, Jimmy, is trained to detect fox scat, locate fox dens/hides and detect any scavenge sites in the survey area. Jimmy can detect:
By collecting data on fox scats, dens and scavenge sites we are able to create a fuller data picture on populations, behaviours, health, activity areas and the effectiveness of management plans. Scat samples and analysis (dietary and DNA) can provide further information on individuals for fox management purposes.
In 2022 we began training our latest recruit Sonny, on feral cat scat detection. Skylos Ecology can now offer a more complete data picture on invasive predator species. By targeting both invasive fox and feral cat species, we hope to further assist in the management of these two invasive species that threaten our native fauna.
Invasive Predator Management
In May 2021, Channel 31 aired episode 4 of Dog Jobs Australia which featured our fox detection dog Jimmy.
Jimmy and handler Fiona were collecting fox data for Wildlife Wonders, a unique ecotourism social enterprise. Our team helped map fox activity on site prior to the release of native species into their new home.
For more information on Wildlife Wonders, visit
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