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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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CERES TAG

Ceres Tag sends just in time alerts and GPS location to have the power to track and trace.

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Conservation Data Coordinator 

Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Giraffe Conservation Foundation has now opened this opportunity to qualified candidates willing to work remotely. The position is desktop-based and the successful candidate can work from anywhere in the world to provide...

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Elephant Collar

Elephant CollarsTechnology For Wildlife Africa Collar specsPosition acquisition: GPS for...

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Great work @kangs and Technology For Wildlife Africa! Can I ask, what's the collar material made out of? 

Cheers,

Rob

its nylon rubber material

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Virtual Meetup Discussion: Future Questions & Tools in Movement Ecology

Hi everyone, Tomorrow, June 8, is our fourth and final WILDLABS Virtual Meetup in this...

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We've actually been looking into NFC to automatically provision field devices to set/read/store metadata. We're staring down the barrel of a large deployment and metadata is one of the issues that we think really needs automation. We're thinking of having a dedicated device to write and read the tags that would go on the devices as stickers and automagically sync the metadata with the database. An added bonus would be that most recently modern phones support NFC protocols like NTAG or MiFare Classic. That would mean that they could also be both read and written with the GPS coordinates, timestamp, etc as they're deployed in the field. It's still under discussion with the many other things that need to be implemented, though. I do think it's interesting that what we're seeing in a lot of conservation technology applications is not just a need for new technology but also the less exciting but more practical need for things that improve productivity like automating metadata management. 

Using NFC makes a lot of sense too. I'm just on an older lower-end device that doesn't support it, which is why it didn't pop immediately to mind. Would be interesting to see what the adoption rate for NFC-capable phones is across countries though I'd imagine some phone manufacturer or something already has that data.

A bit opposite of what you're looking for but according to this, the share of non-NFC enabled phones was 10% in 2020. They don't state their source unless you pay, but I suspect that's in terms of total phone models, not total phones in use. So it's highly likely that phones with no NFC in use is much higher than that. 

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Heart rate detected with accelerometers

Hi everyone! I'm new to WildLabs, so I wanted to introduce myself by sharing some of my recent research. We demonstrated that (under the right conditions)...

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Hi Max, 

Well firstly, welcome! This is a great intro - I'm looking forward to having a poke around these links and reading more about your work. Sounds like you might well be interested in the topic of our meetup next week - we'll be talking about the future of biologging and biologging, the emerging tech and questions we should be paying attention to. I can't remember if I've seen your name pop up in our last few events, but hopefully  will see you there! More below if you're interested!

Steph 

 

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Argos satellite tag open-source grant

Hello everyone,  I hope everyone is doing well in light of the global and local issues we all deal with on a regular basis. (Not fun!) I am working on announcing a...

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The official announcement went out yesterday - https://mailchi.mp/1e130f609ed2/august2020?e=[UNIQID]

We are still running this grant program albeit with subtle changes to improve the hardware/service agreement (in your favor). 


If you want to build your own tag, have a passion for open-source, and at minimum have a North American ship-to address, reach out.

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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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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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