By Gary C. White
With the huge advances within the miniaturization of digital elements, flora and fauna biologists now oftentimes display screen the pursuits of free-ranging animals with radio-tracking units. This publication explicates the numerous analytical strategies and desktop courses on hand to extract organic info from the radio monitoring info. Key Features:* Presentation of software program courses for fixing particular problems* layout of radio-tracking reports* Mechanics of knowledge assortment* Estimation of place through triangulation* photo presentation of animal migration, dispersal. Read more...
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A disadvantage of all such "homing" techniques, however, is that they are usually very time intensive, thus limiting the number of animals that can be studied. Further, actually sighting the animal on the ground, or getting near it, may be disruptive. Continual harassment from tracking the animal may intro duce perturbations into its normal movements and/or behavior, thus biasing the study. Aerial Tracking The use of aircraft for radio-tracking is effective and efficient for locating large numbers of animals quickly and is particularly valuable when working in rug ged or inaccessible areas.
1987), however, present some convincing economic data for a study of caribou in Labrador and Newfoundland which indicate that satellite transmitters can be more cost effective than conventional VHF transmitters in some situa tions. These authors as well as Fancy et al. (1988) enumerate the many advan tages of satellite radio-tracking and we strongly recommend that biologists and researchers contemplating major radio-tracking studies become familiar with these publications. As with any other system which remotely estimates the location of a trans mitter, errors in the location estimates are inherent.
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Analysis of Wildlife Radio-Tracking Data by Gary C. White