Movements, habitat use, and diet of the Magpie Goose [Anseranas semipalmata) in an agricultural landscape of the Northern Territory, Australia: implications for management.

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

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Description

Conversion of natural landscapes to agricultural and urban land uses provide artificial resources to waterbirds. Resulting population growth, shifting ranges or behavioural changes have led to increasing interactions between waterbirds and people throughout the world. When human-wildlife conflicts involve species of conservation value, multi-objective management is required to mitigate impacts on human livelihoods while maintaining wildlife conservation. The Magpie Goose [Anseranas semipalmata) is a taxonomically distinct waterbird protected by law but is considered a pest species by many farmers in northern Australia. Conflicts between Magpie Geese and farmers of the Top End have been ongoing for decades as geese are reported to damage crops, trees, and irrigation equipment. The conflict with farmers is exacerbated when crop maturation and harvest coincide with the late dry season, when natural resources for Magpie Geese are scarce.
This research aims to (i) assess the annual movement patterns of Magpie Geese visiting the Darwin region in the late dry season; (ii) understand patterns of habitat use of Magpie Geese within the Darwin agricultural area; (iii) investigate Magpie Goose food resources and relative contribution of horticultural crops to late dry season diet, and (iv) develop recommendations for the sustainable management of Magpie Geese in the Northern Territory. Results from this study will provide a better understanding on the extent of, and mechanisms behind, Magpie Goose use of the Darwin agricultural landscape, the resources they use and the spatial and temporal scales at which they need to be managed.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date23/03/16 → …