First use of a microchip-automated nest box in situ by a brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa)

Watson, Shania J. and Hoy, Julia M. and Edwards, Megan C. and Murray, Peter J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1143-1706 (2021) First use of a microchip-automated nest box in situ by a brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa). Australian Mammalogy. pp. 1-4. ISSN 0310-0049


Abstract

Microchip-automated devices have the potential to provide individual free-living animals with safe nesting areas and act as a method of targeted food delivery, while excluding competitors and predators. Wildlife have been successfully trained to use such devices in captivity but never in the wild. Bringing animals into captivity may not always be feasible or appropriate due to the high cost, likely increased stress on the animals, and potential biosecurity risk. Therefore to demonstrate proof of concept that wildlife could be trained in situ to use commercially available microchipautomated devices, a brush-tailed phascogale in the wild was exposed to a microchip-automated door attached to a nest box. The phascogale was successfully trained within 15 days to use the microchip-automated door.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 02:05
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2021 04:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: automation, behaviour, microchip, RFID, wildlife management
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060201 Behavioural Ecology
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4102 Ecological applications > 410299 Ecological applications not elsewhere classified
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310301 Behavioural ecology
40 ENGINEERING > 4009 Electronics, sensors and digital hardware > 400999 Electronics, sensors and digital hardware not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180699 Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1071/AM20046
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41288

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