CDR from the air – tracking those feral cats

Published 14 Jul 2013 
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Air Hanger<br/> Air Hanger
Air strip at Mt Gibson.<br/> Air strip at Mt Gibson.
Arid Shrublands<br/> Arid Shrublands
Small mine Pit<br/> Small mine Pit
Empty Salt Lake - had 20mm rain on Thursday and its now got some water in it.<br/> Empty Salt Lake - had 20mm rain on Thursday and its now got some water in it.
Edge of the Salt Lake<br/> Edge of the Salt Lake
Next to Ninghan Station - spectacular Granite Hills and an important cultural place for the Badimia people.<br/> Next to Ninghan Station - spectacular Granite Hills and an important cultural place for the Badimia people.
Mt Gibson Mine Camp - only 100 people.<br/> Mt Gibson Mine Camp - only 100 people.
Salt Lakes - Amazing spots at dawn and dusk<br/> Salt Lakes - Amazing spots at dawn and dusk
Small section of Mongers Lake<br/> Small section of Mongers Lake
White Dam - great place for catching goats and bird watching<br/> White Dam - great place for catching goats and bird watching
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Mt Gibson Mine from the Air.<br/> Mt Gibson Mine from the Air.

Since late March we've had 14 feral cats fitted with GPS collars at Charles Darwin Reserve. The collars are programmed to take a GPS reading every 2.5 hours, which will potentially provide us with 10,000+ cat locations.

Last week we radio-tracked the animals from the air using a light aircraft and managed to pick up the locations of two of the animals, one of which was 12km south of where we first caught and released it.

Some photos attached were taken from the plane and show images of CDR and the surrounding landscape from the air, including Mongers Lake, Mt Gibson, mining operations and granite outcomes. Next week we will be doing some vehicle-based radio tracking at dusk and into the night to find the locations of the remaining cats and start the process of recovering the collars so we can check the data out. 

Air Hanger<br/> Air Hanger
Air strip at Mt Gibson.<br/> Air strip at Mt Gibson.
Arid Shrublands<br/> Arid Shrublands
Small mine Pit<br/> Small mine Pit
Empty Salt Lake - had 20mm rain on Thursday and its now got some water in it.<br/> Empty Salt Lake - had 20mm rain on Thursday and its now got some water in it.
Edge of the Salt Lake<br/> Edge of the Salt Lake
Next to Ninghan Station - spectacular Granite Hills and an important cultural place for the Badimia people.<br/> Next to Ninghan Station - spectacular Granite Hills and an important cultural place for the Badimia people.
Mt Gibson Mine Camp - only 100 people.<br/> Mt Gibson Mine Camp - only 100 people.
Salt Lakes - Amazing spots at dawn and dusk<br/> Salt Lakes - Amazing spots at dawn and dusk
Small section of Mongers Lake<br/> Small section of Mongers Lake
White Dam - great place for catching goats and bird watching<br/> White Dam - great place for catching goats and bird watching
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Mt Gibson Mine from the Air.<br/> Mt Gibson Mine from the Air.