Reading the sand - Arid Zone Monitoring

Tue, 14 Dec 2021

We still know relatively little about the distribution and abundance of many desert animal species, and if numbers are going up or down. However, over the past decade many Indigenous ranger groups, desert ecologists, NGOs and government agencies have combined traditional Indigenous tracking skills with a scientific approach to data collection to survey wildlife and their threats. Over 7000 sandplot surveys have now been carried out across almost two-thirds of Australia. This project is a collaboration between these groups to collate and analyse this survey information. It will provide new insight into the distributions of desert species and their threats, and how they are changing over time. To find out more about the projects and who is involved head over to: