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Sika Foundation: Assessing Deer Density from Trail Camera Survey

By Central North Island Sika Foundation

 

In December last year, a team of five Central North Island Sika Foundation volunteers went into the Kaimanawa Remote Experience Zone (KREZ) and set up 80 cameras to start a project designed to compare the effectiveness of faecal pellet counting with camera monitoring to assess deer density using a trail camera survey.

 

On Tuesday 19 of February two Sika Foundation volunteers, Josh Van der Valk and Ron Lenzen, went back in to the area in with the DOC Biodiversity Monitoring team to help pick up the cameras while the DOC team carried out the faecal pellet counting while also picking up cameras.

 

Ivor Yockney and his team at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research supplied aerial assistance from their helicopter and will work with Sika Foundation members to analyse the data from the cameras.

 

The results of this project will take some time to process but we will make them available when complete.

 

The Central North Island Sika Foundation - working to support projects designed to achieve methods for more scientific game animal management

 

For more information visit:

 

www.sikafoundation.co.nz

 

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