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Biologging / Feed

Real-time tracking of animal movements is enabling more effective and efficient wildlife monitoring for management, security, and research. As devices get smaller and prices drop, the possibilities for using biologging on a larger scale have grown, and so have the possibilities for increasing customisation to meet specific research needs. Likewise, real-time tracking of illegal wildlife trade, timber, and fish products as they move from source to consumer can shed light on trafficking routes and actors, as well as support enforcement, making tracking gear a powerful tool beyond the field.

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WILDLABS Virtual Meetups Season Four: Tracking Progress

WILDLABS Team
This season, we’re bringing together leading engineers, conservationists, and academics to explore the future of technology in movement ecology and ask where exactly investment is needed to catapult this field forward....

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WILDLABS Virtual Meetup: Data Analysis in Movement Ecology

WILDLABS Team
Our second meetup in Season 4 explored the latest advancements and emerging developments in data analysis for movement ecology. On Wednesday, May 11, we heard short talks from leading experts Sara Beery, Somayeh Dodge, ...

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Firetail - visualization of tracks and sensor data

I have recently been closely cooperating with the develpopers of the Firetail software - a program to visualize tracking and sensor data for movement ecology - to get them to...

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Hi Lars,

thanks a lot for the recommendation and this great use case!

Our team at Firetail is very enthusiastic about pushing the boundaries for the visualization and annotation of large datasets and it is great to see our work towards a Vectronic acceleration workflow was successul.

If there are researchers on wildlabs that are interested in the process, we should compile a short step-by-step tutorial. This would help to get started with Vectronic acc visuals/annotation.

In general: Firetail is not limited to specific tags vendors. We aim to support a complete set of GPS/Acceleration/Sensor data... if you experience problems with your data sets, don't hesitate to contact us!

Tobias

Hi Truphena,

Firetail is designed with animal telemetry in mind. But, you could import any kind of data that features latitute, longitude and some kind of ID (plus whatever sensors you have) like ship vessels, air traffic and so on. It is mostly a matter of getting the formats straight, but our support can help you with that.

Some adaptions may be required, but Firetail has grown with the community use cases from day one, we do not intend to change this any time soon.

What kind of data are you working on?

A good place to start may be the manual or, as Lars mentionend, our video tutorials (I linked the beginner's tutorial). You can also contact our support for specific questions.

Tobias

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News: The Latest in Conservation Tech

WILDLABS Team
Check out this round-up of three of the latest news stories from the conservation tech world.  See more conservation tech news by subscribing to our bi-monthly digest. 

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Opportunities: PhD Graduate Assistantship

University of Maine
The University of Maine is seeking qualified applicants for a PhD position that will focus on migration ecology of American woodcock and utilizes GPS transmitter to collect migration data.  Apply by 1st April 2022 for...

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GPS collars for goats

Hi everyone, WILDLABS newbie, so please bear with me. Currently inherited a project focusing on making grazing better managed / more sustainable on a tiny (67 sqkm),...

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Thanks for the explanation [and correction] Akiba @Freaklabs  :) 

Oops, I actually wasn't correcting you. We get so many questions about if we're using LoRaWAN. In some ways, many think the terms are interchangeable so we've been very specific that we're using LoRa and not LoRaWAN which incorporates a bit more overhead. 

Hi Akiba,

I've looked into the routing problem with regard to a similar mission, and I've come to much the same conclusion as you.  It is essentially a mobile ad-hoc wireless network, and I think implementing BATMAN would make the most sense.  I haven't gotten around to implementing it yet, so if you want to jump in you would be most welcome!

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Dog GPS Loggers

Hi Everyone We'd like to do some pet dog tracking but are having a hard time finding a good tag.  We used to use i-got-U's but they don't seem to be available...

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@alsnothome the SnapperGPS looks sooooooo SWEET!. I am super-duper keen to try it out! 

I'm co-developing SnapperGPS as part of my PhD. We're currently working on getting a release on GroupGets. Everything is moving a little slowly because of the chip shortage, though.

Happy to hear there's interest!

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Technical Difficulties: The Death of Giants

Christie Sampson
In her contribution to the Technical Difficulties Editorial Series, Christie Sampson shares how the devastating experience of losing collared elephants to an unexpected poaching threat lead to an improved understanding...

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Technical Difficulties: Can You Hear Me Now?

Gayle Pedersen
In her contribution to the Technical Difficulties Editorial Series, Gayle Pedersen discusses how the failure of underlying infrastructure can complicate conservation technology work, and how the culture of avoiding...

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The need for speed in Sea Turtle Telemetry

Arribada Initative
 In this article, you will get a glimpse of how Arribada Initiative recognizes the advantages of incorporating SnapperGPS receivers into existing tag designs  to acquire fast GPS fixes within the marine environment....

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