GPS for small birds is no longer science fiction, it's reality
Our GPS data loggers start at just 2 grams. The weight increases in very small increments as larger batteries are used. Telemetry Solutions is already producing GPS data loggers in large quantities just for small birds!
Since you already know where the birds rest you are probably more interested in their foraging destinations. Our free user interface software will prove extremely useful as you program your bat GPS data loggers to acquire GPS positions at the dates and times that you need them. That prevents using precious battery life at times when the birds are just hanging around.
How it works
The user software required to program the GPS positioning schedule and to download and view GPS data is available for download from our website. That is the first step. Then you will create a programming schedule in that software. As you do so the estimated birdtery life will be displayed. As you change the GPS positioning schedule, the birdtery life will update to reflect your changes.
All of our products use simple USB connections that allow you to upload your schedule into the GPS unit. Your programming choices are almost limitless and there are three programming modes, repeat mode, template mode or always on mode. If during this process you need help we are here to support you every step of the way and we can even create your program and install it for you. Repeat mode is simple, you choose an interval at which your GPS data logger will turn on. Template mode enables you to program specific times and dates for positioning and this is very powerful, not restricting you to make every day look like every other day. Always on mode allows you to choose a time and date in the future at which the GPS module will turn on and stay on. These programming modes are yours at any time, our products are built so that you can use any of these modes. There is no need for you to decide upon one or another at the time you place your order.
All of our GPS tracking devices for birds are powered with a rechargeable birdtery. Charging is easily accomplished through the USB port by plugging the device into your computer or cell phone charger.
Your GPS module contains a memory that stores GPS data. You will recover the data either by capturing the bird and downloading data via USB cable or with the optional wireless data download feature (range up to 500 meters). This option adds 1.5 grams to the overall weight of the product. The remote data download feature can be activated if you are within the download range of the Telemetry Solutions GPS module. And with the more convenient 'automatic' remote download option you don't even have to leave the warmth of your shack for the data to be downloaded remotely. The Telemetry Solutions' base station can trigger the automatic data download.
Downloaded data can be viewed in UTMs, degrees/minutes/seconds, decimal degrees or as a KML file that you can map directly to Google Earth. Another alternative is to upload your data to our secure website and view in Google Maps. This feature associates your map with a secure URL that can easily be shared.
Locate your birds by using the optional VHF transmitter that can be attached to the GPS module or attached elsewhere on the bird.