I didn’t find much signs of death while there. That is, until I saw burnt carcasses of possums that had no chance of getting out. I saw a roo in one corner, and there was an echinda on the road when leaving. One of the properties bordering us was saved and hopefully this provided a refuge.
There were yabbies in the damn, although I don’t know if they will live. It’s pretty mucky. There was other signs of life, a lot of insects and birds which is a positive sign.
I’m going to try and get up there about once a month to post about how the environment changes with the fire. I’ve contacted some friends in the field nats to get advice on what to expect. I’ll be contacting the Ballarat Field Naturalist group to get some more ideas on what to look for. I know it’s callous to be thinking about it this, but one of the things I’ve learned is that fire can cause massive changes to an area and that study is always important. It can be difficult to actually study areas impacted by bushfire as there are too many emotions involved.
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