Wind Farm Surveys
Skylos Ecology assists in the data collection and monitoring of a wind farm’s Bat and Avifauna Monitoring (BAM) Plan.
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 scavenger 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 80 –100%.
- Ensure 100% coverage of the survey area.
We work on wind farm sites across Victoria and New South Wales
Skylos Ecology proudly works in partnership with Elmoby Ecology.
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.
Invasive Weed Control
Skylos Ecology utilises detection dogs to deliver data for effective biosecurity, pest and disease management.
In 2019 worked with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) (formally the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources), to train and develop a detection dog to locate wild alligator weed across Victoria.
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.
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.
During our second year of alligator weed surveying we presented at the EIANZ Special Forum on Using Dogs to Help with Wildlife Conservation at La Trobe university, and during an EIANZ webinar series. Click on the image to learn more about our online webinar.
If you would like to request a copy of our presentation email us:
Tiger Quoll Surveys
We utilise our detection dogs' scenting ability in efforts to locate one of Victoria's more threatened and elusive species, the tiger or spotted tail quoll.
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
We ensure the best practice method for determining koala presence through engaging our koala detector dog.
Our koala detector dog is trained to indicate the presence of koalas by detecting koala scats.
By locating and mapping any presence of koalas we provide clients with the data to make informed, strategic decisions to protect koala populations.
Our dogs can locate minimal evidence (single scats). This is particularly benefical in low density areas.
Our koala detection team can work in the field for up to 6 hours a day.
By collecting data on target species 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 or wild dog research purposes.
Our current predator target scents include:
- Fox scats.
- Fox dens/hides.
- Wild dog scats.
- Wild dog dens/hides.
- Predator scavenge sites.
Skylos Ecology provides clients with a premium consultation service. Tracy Lyten has over 15 years experience in consultation for land management authorities across Victoria. Skylos Ecology can assist clients in:
- Program and project planning and management.
- Budget scoping, management and reporting.
- Grant writing and application.
- Community consultation.
- Group facilitation.
- Team management.
- Stakeholder engagement.
- Safety management system development.
- Policy and procedures development.
- Communication plans.
- Media releases.
- Detailed research and analysis reporting.
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