Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network (Fauna): Faunal Search (Diurnal Census for Vertebrates), Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 2018

Abstract: These data comprise a systematic search for all vertebrate fauna at a set of sites within Nitmiluk National Park surveyed in either 2017 or 2018. A total of 20 sites were surveyed for terrestrial vertebrate fauna using a range of survey methods. Thirteen sites have prior monitoring through the Three Parks (Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk) Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network which involved sampling at 5-6 year intervals at 220 plots established from 1996 – 2002. Seven sites have no prior monitoring. In 2017/18 a paired plot design was implemented at all sites, involving the duplication of some but not all survey methods at a second plot directly adjacent to the traditional plot. At each 100 x 100 m plot 6 x 10 minute meander walking searches were performed during daylight hours at different times of the day (morning, midday and late afternoon) during a 4 day period. A record of ‘X’ indicates identification of species from tracks or scats. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Three Park Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c35959d4530d Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project was part of, and funded through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Type
collection
Title
Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network (Fauna): Faunal Search (Diurnal Census for Vertebrates), Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 2018
Alternate Title
Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects - Fauna Plot Network: Faunal Search (Diurnal Census for Vertebrates) Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk, 2018
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c3ea5305c4ba
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
These data comprise a systematic search for all vertebrate fauna at a set of sites within Nitmiluk National Park surveyed in either 2017 or 2018. A total of 20 sites were surveyed for terrestrial vertebrate fauna using a range of survey methods. Thirteen sites have prior monitoring through the Three Parks (Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk) Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network which involved sampling at 5-6 year intervals at 220 plots established from 1996 – 2002. Seven sites have no prior monitoring. In 2017/18 a paired plot design was implemented at all sites, involving the duplication of some but not all survey methods at a second plot directly adjacent to the traditional plot. At each 100 x 100 m plot 6 x 10 minute meander walking searches were performed during daylight hours at different times of the day (morning, midday and late afternoon) during a 4 day period. A record of ‘X’ indicates identification of species from tracks or scats. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Three Park Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c35959d4530d
Full Description
Abstract: These data comprise a systematic search for all vertebrate fauna at a set of sites within Nitmiluk National Park surveyed in either 2017 or 2018. A total of 20 sites were surveyed for terrestrial vertebrate fauna using a range of survey methods. Thirteen sites have prior monitoring through the Three Parks (Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk) Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network which involved sampling at 5-6 year intervals at 220 plots established from 1996 – 2002. Seven sites have no prior monitoring. In 2017/18 a paired plot design was implemented at all sites, involving the duplication of some but not all survey methods at a second plot directly adjacent to the traditional plot. At each 100 x 100 m plot 6 x 10 minute meander walking searches were performed during daylight hours at different times of the day (morning, midday and late afternoon) during a 4 day period. A record of ‘X’ indicates identification of species from tracks or scats. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Three Park Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c35959d4530d Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project was part of, and funded through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Methods
1
Plot set-up
A total of 20 sites were surveyed for terrestrial vertebrate fauna using a range of survey methods. Thirteen sites have prior monitoring through the Three Parks (Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk) Savannah Fire-effects Plot Network which involved sampling at 5-6 year intervals at 220 plots established from 1996 – 2002. Seven sites have no prior monitoring. In 2017/18 a paired plot design was implemented at all sites, involving the duplication of some but not all survey methods at a second plot directly adjacent to the traditional plot.
2
Data collection
At each 100 x 100 m plot 6 x 10 minute meander walking searches were performed during daylight hours at different times of the day (morning, midday and late afternoon) during a 4 day period. A record of ‘Zero’ value indicates identification of species from tracks or scats.
Binoculars and GPS
File Descriptions
tspn_diurnal_vertebrate_census_2018_p946t1240.csv
abundance
definitionSpecies abundance. 'Zero' value indicates identification of species from tracks or scats.
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
common_name
definitionCommon name of observed species
nominal text definitionCharacter
full_name
definitionScientific name of observed species
nominal text definitionCharacter
id
definitionObservation identification number
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records70
site
definitionSite identification number
nominal text definitionCharacter
species_id
definitionSpecies identification number
nominal text definitionCharacter
survey
definitionName of survey area
nominal text definitionCharacter
yyyymmdd
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
date time precision0
definitionDate of observation
Contact Email
alaric.fisher@nt.gov.au
Contact Address
PO Box 496 Palmerston, Northern Territory, 0831 Australia
Contact Phone Number
+61 8 8995 5002; +61 478 404 546
Principal Investigator
Alaric Fisher
Supervisors
Alaric Fisher
Collaborators
John Woinarski; Northern Territory Government Department of Land Resource Management; Graeme Gillespie; Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission; Luke Einoder
Fields of Research
0502 - Environmental Science and Management; 0602 - Ecology; 0608 - Zoology
Keywords
GCMD:Earth Science > Biosphere > Terrestrial Ecosystems > Savannas; GCMD:Earth Science > Biological Classification > Animals/Vertebrates; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Mammals; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Herpetofauna; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Invasive animals; keyword:Vertebrates; keyword:Nitmilluk National Park; Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects - Fauna; Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk; Faunal Search (Diurnal Census for Vertebrates)
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
2018
Geospatial Location
text
Nimiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -13.81268; southlimit = -14.39819; westlimit = 132.16505; eastLimit = 132.74043
Date of data creation
2018-10-24
Year of data publication
2018
Creator(s) for Citation
Alaric
Fisher
Publisher for Citation
The Australian National University Data Commons
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern9.35; PackageId:946
Access Rights
Special Conditions: Users are required to contact the data provider (Graeme Gillespie) to discuss use of these data, including collaboration or co-authorship where appropriate. Users are also required to seek permission from Northern Territory Government Department of Land Resource to discuss use of all of these data packages, and Parks Australia prior to use of data packages from Kakadu National Park.
Access Rights Type
Open
Rights held in and over the data
Creative Commons Licence (CC BY- Attribution) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Licence Type
CC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
Licence
LTERN Deed: 47 Date of execution: 2017-05-12 Restrictions: Data collected prior to 2012 is to be published as mediated, except where explicitly stated otherwise by the Data Provider.
Data Location
https://datacommons.anu.edu.au
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service
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