Keep an eye out: WWF are encouraging Collie locals to take part in the annual quenda count to track numbers in the region. Photo: Simon CherrimanTHE World Wildlife Fund Australia is asking locals to keep an eye out for Quendas in the area as part of the annual quenda count.
Populations of quendas have been under threat from habitat loss, vehicles, predators such as cats, dogs and foxes, drowning in swimming pools and garden ponds and poisoning from snail and rat baits.
The quenda counting program focuses on tracking where quendas are located and their population numbers.
Quendas, also known as southern brown bandicoots are about the size of a rabbit with grey-brown to yellow-brown fur, a long pointed nose, very short ears and a short tail.
World Wildlife Fund Species Program Officer – Southwest Australia Rebecca Boyland said they are always on the lookout for quenda counters in the Southwest region.
“It would be great to have some moreQuendaCounters from the Collie area to give us a regional perspective on trends through time, and to see how the trends compare with the Perth region,” she said.
“We’re running the count over so many years to try and get an idea of how the abundance or numbers ofquendaare changing over time.”
Staff at Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters log the data and compare it with previous quenda counts to determine if activity in the area is having an impact on population numbers.
Throughout its range, the southern brown bandicoot inhabits a forests, woodland, shrub and heath communities, although they prefer to live near waterways where dense low vegetation grows.
The 2015 quenda count runs until November 30.
To lodge your quenda numbers or to find out more email [email protected]论坛.
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