To participate in the count, quenda observers are asked to pick a survey site approximately 50m by 50m and survey the area for quendas, as well as their tell-tale conical-shaped diggings, for two or more days within one week.
The data collected during each count will help improve our understanding of how quendas (southern brown bandicoots) are surviving in urbanised areas. The count provides more than just individual sightings. It gives us an idea of how many animals there are and how these numbers change over time, while also giving us a better understanding of specific behaviours, breeding and threats.
To take part follow the instructions on the downloadable 2016 Quenda Count data sheet:
Click here to download the PDF version
Click here to download the Word doc version
Background of the projectIn 2012, WWF-Australia and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife conducted a Community Quenda Survey to locate populations of the quenda, also known as the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus fusciventer) in southwest Western Australia. Residents were asked to report any sightings of this native mammal.
Almost 1,000 people took part in the 2012 Community Quenda Survey and provided information that has been used to map the current distribution of quendas across the greater Perth area.
After the 2012 survey, which gave us a good idea of where quendas were found, the next step was to start monitoring their numbers. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Perth residents were asked to take part in the annual Spring Quenda Count to do just this.
Your participation in the 2016 Quenda Count will help us understand more about these curious creatures.
Quenda sighting reports are always welcome at any time of the year. If you spot a quenda and want to let someone know, please send an email with all the sighting details to fauna@DPaW.wa.gov.au.