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This page contains a virtual-style simulation of the physical fieldwork that takes place on a real Field of Mars EEC excursion.
This virtual fieldwork has been planned to gather data and information needed to help answer two versions of the fieldwork inquiry questions:
Why do some populations of native animal species thrive while other species' populations decline?
What fieldwork and analysis methodologies are needed for a reliable and valid habitat survey for the long-nosed bandicoot at The Sugarloaf?
The long-nosed bandicoot is a small, omnivorous, ground-dwelling native marsupial that is common in most of eastern Australia, however it is almost completely extinct from the Sydney harbour area, with only three small threatened populations remaining in the harbour area.
One of these threatened populations occurs at Sugarloaf Hill, where many fresh snout pokes (small holes dug by bandicoots looking for food) have been found, particularly on the south side of the hill.
This fieldwork has been set up to compare two sites 200m apart at the Sugarloaf. The main differences between these sites are the aspect (direction the slope faces), vegetation structure and soil texture.
Many more bandicoot snout pokes have been observed at site 1 (roughly S facing) compared to site 2 (roughly N facing). It seems that site 1 may be a better habitat for these animals. But why? The first inquiry question seeks to answer this question.
We will use the same equipment and methods to record data at each site. Once the data has been processed into a useful format we can then compare and contrast the two sites. This will then allow us to address the second inquiry question.