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Visit to Institute for Raptor Biomedicine

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

2 weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit The Institute for Raptor Biomedicine in Kushiro Japan.  The institute is run by Dr. Keisuke Saito a wildlife vet who not only treats injured raptors but has a fantastic arsenal of rehabilitation facilities.  If a bird can be returned to the wild it is but if it cannot be, then it earns its keep by helping Dr. Saito do things like determine at what speed a rotating windmill blade can be detected by a Stellar’s Sea Eagle.   Dr. Saito is using Telemetry Solutions GPS data loggers on Stellar’s Sea Eagles that fly back and forth between Hokkaido and Russia.  Getting the data by wireless right from his research station is much easier than trekking over to Russia with electronic gear that they don’t want to allow in their country.

After surgery, in rehab

Dr. Saito explaining his antenna array

GPS jackets

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Have you always wished there was an alternative form of GPS tracking device for your study animal simply because you can’t put collars on them? For instance, monkeys are smart enough to have their buddies take their collars off. Another example would be river otters. They just shed the collar because of the size of their heads. So, what can you do to overcome the problem? One of our customers who studies howler monkeys had a brilliant idea of having jackets made for them and sewed GPS device into the jackets! As you can see in the photo, the monkey looks perfectly comfortable in the jacket. And more importantly, the GPS device worked! When our river otter customer told us that he was going to have his wife sew jackets for the otters, we suggested the jacket company that the monkey customer had the jackets made from. We get inquires from our customers over the world often looking for solutions to their problems. Our mission is to provide information we have to those people with our knowledge and help them get data from their study animal in a way that is no harm to the animal. And we enjoy our challenging work that keeps coming in.

Better antenna, better remote downloads

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Matt recently made a trip to Sequoia National Forest where he range tested various antennas for our wireless GPS remote data download system.  The results were impressive and we now offer an antenna for downloads that should increase the maximum data download range from your Quantum 4000 Enhanced GPS collars.   And it’s smaller too!  Here he is outside of our office using the new antenna.

Small data download antenna increases download range.

Lion Work In Africa

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Recently in a conversation with a customer I mentioned something about my time working on a lion rehabilitation project in Kenya in 1986. Two things about that conversation struck me. The first was that the customer was actually interested in the story. The second was that he had no idea that I had ever done this kind of work. So I’ll tell a little of that story here.

The project was begun by a former game warden in Kenya. In the 60s he had orphaned 3 lion kittens by shooting their mother. He knew that without her the cubs would die so he took them home with him. 1 of those kittens survived long enough that it got big and began making a nuisance of itself. So he and his wife set about trying to teach it how to be a wild lion. It worked and they reintroduced it.

Skip ahead 20 years and 20 more lions. By this time the game warden had retired from his job and was living full time in a camp in the bush. He had two camps established, one for lions and one for leopards. I lived and worked in the leopard camp, but there were no leopards, only a lion. The story goes on and on. Sometime when you phone us to buy equipment, if you want to hear more of the story I’ll pick it up from here.