Hi Kate, Apologies for the delay responding. We submitted this work to Conservation Science and Practice on July 12 and we are currently working on the revisions. We hope it will be out soon. Stay well! (read more)
I wonder whether FIT would be good for species-level (rather than individual level) identification of small mammals. We use track tunnels to get prints of dormice (3 species) on carbon soot (metal surface covered by soot). We do have bibliographical reference of those species (... (read more)
I have seen the bracelet style used on large mammals with mixed success and failure. The main considerations are terrain the animal uses, and fitting the bracelet properly. Both affect the 1. durability of the tag and 2. whether it cuts into the skin. In the case of fitting to... (read more)
Thanks Thomas. The option of desertstar seems strong, and it needs to be strong for the animals I work with (large carnivores). Indeed the pod would need to be designed to fit the collar type, but that's not impossible. (read more)
the runtime depends very much on sampling rates and data types that are collected. In Table 1 in the paper we explored runtimes for 12mAh and 25mAh batteries. If the homerange of an animal can be covered entirely by the tracking grid (in our case 1.5ha) and you track the animal... (read more)
Hi Everyone, I'm Anthony Lindley, a PhD candidate at the University of Southampton. I mainly work with computer vision but would like to branch out and try other ML applications.
I love elephants and having only recently got to grips with the scale of the threat to their existance, feel... (read more)
Some ETAG rfid-readers developped by Eli Bridge et al. are now avaible at https://www.labmaker.org/collections/earth-and-ecology/products/etag. The price is high, though: USD139.
Note that... (read more)
Hi Tim and also Thomas
Thanks for your comments. It is fantastic that there have been so many replies to this thread in response to the request for thoughts, clarifications and questions on this topic.
I’m available on email. You can reach me directly via WILDLABS messages.... (read more)
Hi Richard, I've been working with Kerinci Seblat National Park in Sumatra for the better part of 20 years focusing primarily to countering tiger and other wildlife poaching and IWT in/around one of the largest national parks in Asia, might be good to talk, at very least you would have a better... (read more)
Here is another TEG that looks promising.
Texas Instruments bq25570 Ultra Low Power
Harvester Power Management IC
This is all very interesting. The solution you describe seems eminently doable and in fact quite cheap. So doable and cheap that it may behoove one to also ask what the higher level vision is, in order to further constrain the solution.
For instance is there a wider... (read more)
These two fully funded PhD positions may be of interest to the community:
Thanks for the link - yes, I agree Mongabay's WildTech areas is a great resource for anyone interested in keeping up to date with the latest conservation tech news. Sue Palminteri's article is facinating and is definitely worth a read. The video showing the ... (read more)