You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Scanning Victoria's hidden alpine secrets

News

Scanning Victoria's hidden alpine secrets

Thursday 14 November, 2013

Parks Victoria, Museum Victoria and 4WD Victoria are set to commence one of the most comprehensive wildlife, geology and palaeontology surveys ever conducted in the eastern corner of the Victorian Alpine National Park, north of Omeo.

Commencing on 18 November and running for two weeks, the Bioscan will focus on rarely researched species across the remote and rugged terrain of the eastern area of the Alpine National Park; from mammals to birds, frogs, fish, snakes, snails, moths and other insects. Palaeontologists and historians will also be conducting research.

"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."

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.

"Parks Victoria’s partnership with Museum Victoria in past bioscans has been enormously valuable in helping us understand some of Victoria’s most significant natural places", said Dr Bill Jackson, Chief Executive, Parks Victoria. "As we roll out this program, we are gathering crucial data that is informing our best-practice management strategies and filling in our knowledge gaps of the parks that are being surveyed."

Insights from this survey will be showcased with the local community via programs with four local schools and a Friday night ‘Science at the Pub’, where students and residents will be able to engage and chat with a number of scientists and rangers that participated in the Bioscan.

For the first time, 4WD Victoria will be a partner on the Bioscan survey.

"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," said Wayne Hevey, Project and Events Manager, 4WD Victoria. "Our volunteers are excited to be able to support this project with their specialist 4WD driving skills and local knowledge of the area’s rugged tracks."

The information gathered throughout the Bioscan in this remote eastern area of the Alpine National Park will complement and build on the existing biodiversity knowledge of the surrounding areas.

Recent Stories

Ancient Aboriginal rock-art sites conserved in the Grampians National Park

Tuesday 28 April, 2015
Six ancient and culturally significant Aboriginal rock-art sites have been the focus of conservation works this month in the Grampians…

Look out for sky high deliveries to Grampians

Thursday 23 April, 2015
Parks Victoria is using aerial support to help with the upgrade of the popular Sundial and Lakeview lookouts in the…

Picnic again at Scotts Beach

Monday 20 April, 2015
Work is beginning this week on a range of visitor facility improvements at Scotts Beach in Cobram Regional Park to…

Anzac Eve commemoration at Maldon

Thursday 16 April, 2015
Commemorations to mark the centenary of Anzac Day will take place near Maldon on the evening of 24 April 2015.…

Join the Premier's Active April

Tuesday 14 April, 2015
2015 Premier's Active April has begun! It's not too late to get started with Active April and enjoy great incentives…

Young Adult program builds more than confidence at Werribee Park

Tuesday 14 April, 2015
A Victoria Police initiative to support young people in Melbourne’s west saw participants involved in the renovation of the Parterre…

View all media releases