Situated near Meredith, we've been fortunate enough to have easy access to the Brisbane Ranges National Park and joined the Friends group in 2001. Following the devastating fires in 2006, nearly half of the park was severely burnt by fire. One of the first questions we asked of ourselves and park staff in the days that followed was "what have we lost in these fires?". It turned out to be a bit hard to answer because we didn't have a great deal of information on what we had to start with as far as fauna occurrences and distribution. Most of the records were old and not very comprehensive.
We set out to establish a long term fauna monitoring program for the Brisbane Ranges.
Now we get to our involvement with cameras. Our initial monitoring involved trapping with Elliott traps. This required a fair commitment of time, as well as dealing with Animal Ethics Committee approvals and obtaining the necessary research permits. We could only trap for a short period during the year so we didn't interfere with breeding cycles. It was going to take a long time to fully survey the park! Then along came Parks Victoria and lent us 6 ScoutGuard SG550V game cameras via the Signs of Healthy Parks initiative. We began a comprehensive survey of the park, which continues to this day.
Eventually, Parks Victoria asked for their cameras back, so we had to buy some of our own. We bought some ScoutGuard SG560-8M cameras. My research into the range of cameras available led me deeper into the world of camera traps and their uses. After a long scientific career with DPI, they decided to leave me behind when they relocated the lab I was working in, as I didn't feel like driving for 2 hours one way to get to the new location and there was no way I was moving! So, I set up this business because I'm enthusiastic about the potential of cameras like this to help all sorts of people and organisations find out about what goes on around them when there's nobody (but a camera) watching.