Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network (Fauna): Nocturnal Spotlighting Survey, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 2018

Abstract: These data are records of all nocturnal spotlighting observations 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 after dark using a spotlight. 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 has been part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN). LTERN is a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). TERN is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Type
collection
Title
Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network (Fauna): Nocturnal Spotlighting Survey, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 2018
Alternate Title
Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects - Fauna Plot Network: Nocturnal Spotlighting Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk, 2018
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c340b4656fe7
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
These data are records of all nocturnal spotlighting observations at a set of sites within Nitmiluk National Park surveyed in either 2017 or 2018. 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 are records of all nocturnal spotlighting observations 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 after dark using a spotlight. 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 has been part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN). LTERN is a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). TERN is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Methods
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Plot set-up
These data are records of all nocturnal spotlighting observations 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) 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.
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Data collection
At each 100 x 100 m plot 6 x 10 minute meander walking searches were performed after dark using a spotlight.
Binoculars and GPS
File Descriptions
tpsn_nocturnal_spotlighting_2018_p945t1239.csv
abundance
definitionSpecies abundance. 'Zero' value means species was observed outside the plot.
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 records60
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 478404546
Principal Investigator
Alaric Fisher
Supervisors
Alaric Fisher
Collaborators
Luke Einoder; John Woinarski; Graeme Gillespie
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:Birds; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Mammals; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Herpetofauna; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Invasive animals; keyword:Vertebrates; keyword:Spotlighting; Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects - Fauna; Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk; Nocturnal Spotlighting
Type of Research Activity
Pure basic research
Date Coverage
2017
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:ltern9.21; PackageId:945
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.
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
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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