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Archive for June, 2010

Tracking wildlife affected by the gulf oil spill

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The oil spill has created a massive number of problems and it will obviously take a long time to identify them let along do something about them. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that birds are being hard hit.  While it is easy to see the damage to birds on the shore what about the birds out at sea?  What’s going on with them? Can they even forage in the same place as before?  Our newest GPS data loggers for seabirds have a solution that identifies seabird foraging behavior and switches the GPS positioning schedule from the infrequent GPS location attempts with in straight flight to 1 second GPS location attempts while foraging.  Because the GPS data loggers are so light it is important to save the battery for use when it is really needed.

Quintin

More versatile small GPS tracking collar for wildlife

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

One of our team members here has been harping on an idea he wanted to try to eliminate the GPS antenna from the top of our small fisher GPS collars. He was sure it would be a smart move because without the GPS antenna knob on top of the collar we may have a happier fisher and customer too. So we tested it and it worked pretty well. It’s not going to work as well as the GPS antenna on top of the collar but it’s on the way to a fisher trapping session as I write this.

Available at 20 grams

We also put remote data download in it and Smart GPS and activity. We are supplying this one to the project just to see how well the new antenna idea works. Tracking wildlife is never easy and budgets are tight so we want the customers to get the most bang for their buck. The Smart GPS will go a long way toward that end because it can put an end to GPS location attempts during the time that the animals are sleeping inside trees where they don’t acquire GPS locations anyway. No point in burning battery for nothing.

Notice the lack of the GPS antenna on this collar. The whip antennas are for the UHF data download and the VHF transmitter.

Quintin