Monitoring with microchips: Microchip‐automated doors as a potential novel method for tracking the survival of released Northern Brown Bandicoots

Edwards, Megan C. and Hoy, Julia M. and FitzGibbon, Sean I. and Murray, Peter J. ORCID: (2020) Monitoring with microchips: Microchip‐automated doors as a potential novel method for tracking the survival of released Northern Brown Bandicoots. Ecological Management & Restoration, 21 (3). pp. 254-256. ISSN 1442-7001


Monitoring animals after release to the wild is often limited due to financial and logistical constraints. Microchip‐automated technology has the potential to provide data on microchipped animals’ survival after release and allows access to only the intended, microchipped animals. We aimed to determine whether Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus) trained to use microchip‐automated nest boxes in captivity would continue to use them after release back to the wild. Ten animals were brought into captivity and trained to use the nest boxes in as little as three days and then released back to the wild after approximately three months in captivity. Use of the nest boxes after release was recorded for up to a week. Eight of the ten animals used the nest boxes on the first night, but only two used them more than five days after release. Three of the animals did not use them at all after release. Whilst ongoing utilisation of the nest boxes was generally low, this technology shows great potential for other species that are hollow‐dependent.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 03:15
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2021 00:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: RFID, reintroduction, rehabilitation, Northern Brown Bandicoot, marsupial
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0608 Zoology > 060801 Animal Behaviour
06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060201 Behavioural Ecology
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310301 Behavioural ecology
40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401199 Environmental engineering not elsewhere classified
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310901 Animal behaviour
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 > 1899 Other environmental management > 189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180699 Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified
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