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.


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!


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.


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News: The Latest in Conservation Tech

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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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Hi @SaraTC,


I can see that the products CERES TAG and CERES WILD have been mentioned in the thread. Some information on the tags

  • They are the only commercial, direct to satellite, animal monitoring ear  tag
  • Solar powered with no battery change required
  • Total weight: 35.55g
  • No towers or other infrastructure such as  receiving stations, radios or large power systems needed. We are a plug and play system. 
  • Direct purchase through our ecommerce platform
  • CERES WILD is fully integrated with EARTHRANGER, whilst CERES TAG is integrated with EARTHRANGER through our software partner, Mapipedia.
  • available in boxes of 5 or 10 (you will need to purchase the Ceres Tag  Smart Applicator 
  • available in boxes of 5, 10 ,24


Our devices are now in 25 countries and on over 13 species. We are very happy to talk with you via (Let’s talk) button. 

Hello everyone,

I work with Sara (who originally posted the question) and she's asked me to pick up the discussion on GPS collars for goats.

Firstly, thank you all so much for the helpful information and recommendations you've shared - it's really helped as we try to figure out the best way forward. From what I've read in the thread, there are clearly some options that aren't necessarily suited to what we're trying to do, so it's helped narrow things down a lot. Some of you mentioned it would be good to have more details about the project and what we're trying to achieve, so here's some more information:

  • Along with our local NGO partner, we're trying to understand grazing patterns for small herds of goats (~10 - 25 animals per group) on a small island (62.5 km²) in Cabo Verde. 
  • We will first be conducting a participatory mapping process, asking the farmers to indicate on a map the areas where their goats typically graze.
  • We then want to use GPS or other tracking on the goats themselves to get a more detailed and accurate set of data. We plan to overlay the information on where the goats are grazing with drone mapping of the island's vegetation, which identifies endemic and endangered plant species.
  • We want to use this data to inform a grazing management plan that reduces goat grazing pressure on those species.
  • We don't need to cover the entire island at once; we can likely focus on specific areas and herds at a time, before moving on to the next.
  • The goats tend to largely stick together, so we likely only need to collar one or two 'lead' individuals in the herd to get a sense of their movements.
  • To make sure we're not missing periods where the goats might be grazing on endemic species, we need to record positions with fairly high frequency (i.e. at least every 10 minutes or so, is my best guess, but open to correction or guidance).
  • We don't necessarily need these data points to be available in real time, but remote downloading would be useful.
  • This is not a long-term project for which we require tags or collars with years of battery life.
  • We're on a limited budget and essentially we're looking for a simple and relatively affordable solution.
  • (And thank you, @antonab, for recommending we check - there doesn't appear to be SigFox coverage in Cabo Verde.)

From what I've read on this thread, it looks like a LoRaWAN approach with receiving stations could be the best solution, along the lines of what @DoctorB described. I plan to read up on it, as like Sara, I'm very new to all of this, but in the meantime wanted to thank you all for the help and information. 

If any of you has time to share a bit more information about the equipment needed to set up a LoRaWAN system with the above parameters in mind (or thinks that it would in fact be unsuitable) please get in touch!


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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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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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