Keeping track of flying-foxes – new research paper published
A recently-published research paper documents the satellite-tracking of 14 flying-foxes, with implications for the management of flying-fox camps.
“Long-Distance and Frequent Movements of the Flying-Fox Pteropus poliocephalus: Implications for Management.”
Published by Billie J. Roberts, Carla P. Catterall, Peggy Eby, John Kanowski
A brief description of the study –
Fourteen grey-headed flying-foxes were satellite-tracked for a nine-month period, over an area of 137,600 km2. The researchers were addressing the questions:
(1) What patterns of movement (in terms of distances and directions) are exhibited by P. poliocephalus at time scales of days, weeks, and months?
(2) How much do these patterns vary among individuals?
(3) What is the relationship between individuals’ movement patterns and their use of different roost sites?
(4) What are the implications of these findings for management?