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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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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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Technical Difficulties: A Deployment Checklist

Alina Peter
In Alina Peter's and Kristen Snyder's contribution to the Technical Difficulties Editorial Series, you'll receive a practical checklist of factors and questions to consider at various stages of your conservation...

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Technical Difficulties: Tracking Thunderbird

Ellie Warren
In her article for the Technical Failures Editorial Series, WILDLABS' Ellie Warren discusses how the loss of one tagged sea turtle represents the wider challenges faced by conservation efforts, and how the collaborative...

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Proximity detection in koalas

Hi Biologging People,  I am new to WILDLABS and excited to be here! I am researching the behavioural ecology of koalas in South Australia. I am trying to figure out if...

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R package for triangulation?

What R packages are you using for wildlife radio-telemetry triangulation these days? Seems there are a few available (I last used sigloc in 2016, but its no longer on CRAN)....

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This paper mentions some, and is just a great review on localization more broadly! I'd look into gibbonR and warbleR

Acoustic localization of terrestrial wildlife: Current practices and future opportunities (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.6216).

This paper used Sound Finder -- Validation of an Acoustic Location System to Monitor Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) Long Calls (https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.22398)

And this one used a MATLAB script -- Tracking cryptic animals using acoustic multilateration: A system for long-range wolf detection (https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5092973)

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Creating a global database for drift data from pop-up satellite tags

Hello all, My name is Arnault Le Bris and I am a research scientist at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. I have been working for several...

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You could use Movebank for this, stream the data into a study, manage sharing settings to make some public and keep others private if needed.  Lots of non-bird data in there!

Cheers

Roland

You might also check out the Ocean Data Platform team at https://www.oceandata.earth/  They're trying to be a one-stop shop for ocean data and have recently ingested all the IOC data. EMODNet has an ingestion portal and data ambassadors who can negotiate data sharing agreements and anonymization/aggregation. Also @ThomasGray_Argos  data sharing agreements and data governance is something I work on and would be interested in talking more about the privacy/user data issues you mention. I;ve been thinking about the need for a data intermediary that can hold data safely, scrub PII, and then share it with open platforms so each sensor owner or small entitty doesn't have to negotiate their own data sharing licenses.

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Otter survival monitoring

I am wondering if anyone has ideas for river otter survival monitoring (no movement data needed) outside of implanted VHF transmitters. 

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WWF: Carnivore Collaring in Zambia

World Wildlife Fund
In this article, WWF's Whitney Kent discusses how radio collaring carnivores like lions and African wild dogs helps prevent human-wildlife conflict by acting as warning devices for communities and monitoring species'...

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Event: The 7th International Bio-Logging Symposium

International Bio-logging Society
Submit your abstract by May 16, 2021 to participate in the 7th International Bio-Logging Symposium, held virtually this year and hosted from Honolulu, Hawaii on October 18th - 22nd. Find more details about abstract...

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Machine learning for animal tracking Kaggle competition?

Hello everyone,  My name is Kieran Garvey and I work with Cambridge Spark - a specialist AI and Data Science education provider. https://cambridgespark.com/ We are...

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Hi,

I have plenty of data which is not (yet) available to everyone. If still relevant, please contact me for more details.

[email protected]

What kind of data are you looking for? Like just lat/long coordinates, GPS points, .shp files, etc.? I have a small amount of GPS data from focal follows of lemurs (+ behavioral context/individual ID/subgroup, etc.) over a 3 month period. It's not published as I'm only using it in conjunction with a vocal dataset I'm working with. But I imagine you're probably after much larger datasets? 

There are lots of data in Movebank that are not publically availalbe, all the grey dots in the search map.  You can contact each data owner and arrange for access to the data.

 

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GPS tag modification

Any hardware engineers in here that can provide support with modifying GPS tags for pangolins? I will be deploying GPS tags on white-bellied pangolins and need to modify the point...

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Hi Carl,

Thanks, I think I see what you mean.  I would probably do as you have done, glue the tag onto a fibreglass plate, and screw that plate onto a scale.  For glue, silicone caulking or epoxy putty can be used, my preference would be caulking because it's easier to extricate the tag from it when the time comes.

As for the mounting plate, my preference is fibreglass of the sort used in electronics, as this can be glued to.  For making the screw holes, if you have trouble with them splintering, I've heard that you can melt a clean hole using a heated iron nail, instead of drilling.

Thanks,

-harold

Hi Carl, 

Is there any reason you cannot screw the GPS unit directly to a scale through the three existing holes? You could use a quick setting glue between the scale and GPS, not for strength but to ensure there is nothing that can get between the scale and GPS to bust it off. Maybe quick set epoxy but even just gap filler might do the job.

I just realised how old this thread is so maybe you have already solved the issue.

Matthew

Hi Matthew-- thanks. Very good suggestions. I am already going w the option of having the metal plate underneath. The tags cost a lot and I would rather go w the option that I am sure would ensure I can retrieve them. 

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Interview: Protecting Vultures with Telemetry

Dr. Corinne Kendall
In this interview with Dr. Corinne Kendall of the North Carolina Zoo, Dr. Kendall shares  how telemetry studies can help prevent vulture poisoning in East Africa, the conservation technology she uses in her work, and...

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Heat shrinking "stuff" to collars

Hello all, I wonder if anyone has experience they would share on heat shrinking "stuff" to animal telemetry collars. I guess some types of heat shrink will be...

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Hi Lars,

I'm currently heat shrinking transmitters to make a simple pouch to hold a transmitter to an ear tag. Because I want to prevent damage to the ear as much as possible, I figured it was desirable to have a material that would break before the ear does but I have not put this to the test. Two units deployed so far without an issue except for an intermittent fault with one of the transmitters. Hopefully not caused by the heatshrink. I think the biggest issue with heat-shrinking to a collar is that the heatshrink goes hard (at least the stuff I used) and will pull the collar toward the shape of the hard object you are attaching. A bit of preplanning and adding the desired shape before applying the heat should resolve that.

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Funding Opportunity: COVID-19 Science Fund

National Geographic
National Geographic is offering funding up to up to $50,000 for conservationists conducting research on how the pandemic has impacted wildlife and conservation work.  If you are interested in researching aspects of the...

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Getting VHF transmitters in a quick turnaround time

Hi everyone,  Due to an unfortunate series of events, I need to get 25 x VHF transmitters (just the pingers - no collar) on a single frequency in around a 4 week...

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Hi Kas,

Advanced Telemetry Systems has been able to get me transmitters in less than 4 weeks a few times.  It does depend on how busy they are, though, so not guaranteed.

Good luck,

Kyler

Hi Kyler, 

That's great! Thank you for the lead - I'll get in touch with them asap.

Cheers, and all the best, 

Kas

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What to consider when planning our project for endangered, rarely seen species

Hi all, We currently have 12 camera traps deployed in key areas within a National Park to monitor our target species (an endangered thrush), the locations are meant to be...

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https://zslpublications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/rse2.191

This paper may be of interest! 

And the latest Oryx edition is all camera-trap papers - https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/oryx/issue/4E2CEA9634F17EEBB58E5A871ABB21CA

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Animal location and activity tracking devices – could these be useful for conservation studies?

I have been working on sensors for remote tracking of livestock activity and location. They work in enclosed environments or for large areas. It feels like this technology could...

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Hi!

I am in the process of creating remote tracking devices to study activity and social behavior in lemurs. I would be happy to chat and learn more about your study system / try to offer any insight about tracking devices.

-Meredith 

LoRa based cattle tracking tags made by Moovement are used for bison in the US by Hila Shamon.

Their biggest limitation as I see it is that they need continous connection to the LoRa stations as they do not log locations.

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Internship opportunities for PhD students

Hi everyone,  I am a 2nd-year Ph.D. student from the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB) program at the University of Minnesota. Unlike lots of Ph.D. students in my...

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Hi Dennis,

I actually work in the graduate career center at my university (my fellowship is doing that rather than teaching) and this is what we specialize in! I too am a PhD student moving out of academia after the PhD. Many of our office's online resources are applicable to any PhD student, not just those at the CUNY (City University of New York) Graduate Center. Check it out: cuny.is/careerplan. I'm also happy to chat or answer any questions. The Wildlabs 'Resources' page is a great place to look for internship opportunities! I would also highly recommend getting a Twitter if you don't already have one, and utilizing that. There are a bunch of hashtags (#PhDchat, #altac, etc.) that may be helpful to watch for, and then you can also follow org's so you can see when they post opportunities. 

Hope this helps! 

All the best,

Carly

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Workshop: Analyses of acoustic telemetry data with R

European Tracking Network
Join the European Tracking Network on January 18th 2021 at 2 PM Central European Time (1 PM GMT) for a free workshop on standardized analyses of acoustic telemetry data using the R packages actel and RSP!  The actel...

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Sustainable Fishing Challenges: Fish Catch Monitoring

Daniel Steadman
As we launch our new Sustainable Fishing Challenges group in the WILDLABS community, we are excited to welcome Daniel Steadman, the group manager, to give us an overview of three major areas in which #tech4wildlife...

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