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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Making the Most of Tech Tutors Season 2!

WILDLABS Team
WILDLABS is celebrating its five year anniversary! Throughout the rest of 2020, we'll be sharing articles, community features, and case studies showcasing the incredible projects, collaborations, and successes that this...

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Event: Wildlife Drones at ESA20

Wildlife Drones
Join Wildlife Drones at this week's Ecological Society of Australia conference! Learn about their work at the Windows into Resilience and Recovery Symposium on Wednesday, 2nd December, and participate in their virtual...

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Introducing the Arctic Animal Movement Archive

Movebank
Introducing Movebank's Arctic Animal Movement Archive (AAMA), a collection of studies containing animal movement and other animal-borne sensor data from the Arctic and Subarctic. Through this collection of 214 studies ...

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