1. Read guidance via the ‘View tutorial’ button before you ‘Get Started’.
2. Identify the animal/s in each image.
3. Choose the number of individuals from the drop-down list.
4. Include a comment in the ‘Notes’ field if you wish.
Don't forget to keep the ID Guide handy (available in 'tutorials') so you can tell the small mammals apart from each other!
This mountain pygmy-possum feeder in Kosciusko National Park is one of many installed to help these little marsupials after all their food was burnt by the bushfires. The feeder is filled with ‘bogong biccies’ – specially developed by Zoos Victoria from a nutritionally-verified powder of ingredients.
A motion triggered camera trap collects thousands of images which, when processed, can tell us how frequently the possums are using these feeders and which other species are present in their habitat.
There were several days of rain over the week-long period these images were captured, which provided some much needed water for the fire-stricken habitat. You can definitely tell the possums were enjoying it!
As a citizen scientist you'll be transcribing important data from these images which allow scientists to analyse the activity of each species that poses a threat, which in turn informs management.
We hope you enjoy watching these incredible marsupials recovering from such a devastating event.
For more information on the mountain pygmy-possum click here.