I Need a poster/ infographic/ marketing message to use for 30 year re-union - which has a fundraising component to help raised funds for an endangered frog;
We need to raise $15,000 for monitoring equipment to help save a rare frog in rainforest in QLD We need to tell our story clearly as a poster or tshirt and ideally each delegate offer $100
what are we planning to spend this money on ?
The cost is mainly hardware, Song Meter SM2+ produced by Wildlife Acoustics in USA. They are sold in Australia by Faunatech in Victoria (add web address)
The $10,000 will buy 10 Song Meters at $865 each and 2 licences for the software (Songscope) to analyse the data ($495 each). A licence is required for each computer on which it is installed. We currently have 2 licences but we would need to have other people helping with the analyses.
If another $5000 was available, we would set up 2 recorders at sites that are not readily accessible and acquire the remote access system that is available (Song Stream). This would allow the status of the recorder to be monitored remotely via NextG mobile phone network and the data to be stored on Wildlife Acoustics’ Cloud and retrieved via a web portal.
You can see an image of a Song Meter on the Wildlife Acoustics web site but we will take a photo of one our existing Song Meters in the forest and send you that in the next day or two.
The developer of this technology has a website (http://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/) complete with blog and good testimonials (http://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/resources/testimonials). This is the most cost-effective monitoring equipment there is and is ideal for difficult (very wet, often inaccessible) environments such as Springbrook.
I have attached a photo of the endangered Fleay’s Barred-Frog, Mixophyes fleayi. We recorded it calling with a Song Meter that we installed on one of the restoration properties.
The frog was heard and sighted in February at the same location by Assoc Prof Jean-Mark Hero of Griffith University. It has not been recorded from Springbrook for 40 years. http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/02/endangered-frog-found-at-springbrook.html.
Another endangered frog we want to monitor is Litoria pearsoniana (Cascade Treefrog) which featured on our website (http://www.springbrookrescue.org.au/Frogs.html) and is ‘cute’. These Song Meters would be ideal for monitoring the impact of climate change on these frogs in a way that couldn’t be replicated via traditional surveys by people in the field (you have to be lucky to hear or see them, even when they are there, i.e. they can be cryptic.
If we take the example of Fleay’s Barred-Frog, as an endangered species it is very important to know where else it could be surviving at Springbrook and to ensure that all confirmed habitat is protected. In other words, occurrences of this frog could be destroyed because no one knew it was there. The proposed audio recording network could go a long way towards preventing such an occurrence.