CTT and Bird Studies Canada Join Forces in Movement Ecology
CAPE MAY, NJ April 11- Cellular Tracking Technologies of Cape May, NJ and Bird Studies Canada (BSC) of Port Rowan, ON, announce an inter-operating partnership that will allow CTTR LifeTags™ to be detected by the Motus Wildlife Tracking System.
CTT LifeTag is a breakthrough in the scientific research of wildlife because it is incredibly small, lightweight, solar powered, and has no battery. The combination of these features means biologists are able to study smaller animals with potentially unlimited tracking device life. The CTT PowerTag™ is the battery powered version for animals that get little sun exposure.
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international collaborative research network that use cooperative automated radio telemetry to simultaneously track hundreds of individuals of numerous species of birds, bats, and insects. The system enables a community of researchers, educators, organizations, and citizens to undertake impactful research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals.
When results from many stations are combined, the array can track animals across a diversity of landscapes covering thousands of kilometers. Motus collaborators presently maintains hundreds of receivers across the Americas, Europe, and in the Pacific region.
“Motus harnesses the collective resources and infrastructure of numerous researchers into one massive collaborative effort. CTT’s LifeTag provides solutions to a number of technical and scientific limitations to our work in that it can operate for multiple seasons” explains Stuart Mackenzie, Director, Migration Ecology for BSC.
Michael Lanzone, CEO of Cellular Tracking Technologies, says “Long-term tracking of smaller animals has been a significant hurdle for wildlife biologists. In our mission to help researchers through the Internet of Wildlife™, researchers and managers are seeing tremendous gains by our partnership with BSC, and are excited about the ability to help grow the Motus network and expand the body of scientific knowledge around the world.”
Many other lightweight tracking devices require biologists to recapture tagged animals. This is because the weight limit needed for small animal research eliminated the ability to transmit the data, as a transmitter would make the devices too heavy for the animal to behave normally. An additional limit was the life of a battery for systems that can include a transmitter. Recapture is needed to retrieve data from the devices, or studies were very short in duration with limited data transmission.
CTT LifeTag allows researchers to tag an animal once and receive data over the life of the animal. By eliminating relatively heavy batteries, there is now capacity for a transmitter that does not interfere with an animal’s normal behavior, and the system gives near GPS level locations.
In 2005, Cellular Tracking Technologies created the first wildlife tracker that used GPS and the cellular network. Our commitment to expanding the body of scientific knowledge of wildlife through movement ecology drives us. We invent to support the noble work our research, management and consulting partners do to achieve new discoveries that help people make informed decisions about our world. Cellular Tracking Technologies has delivered thousands of wildlife telemetry devices to hundreds of researchers around the world.
About Bird Studies Canada
Bird Studies Canada is Canada’s leading national charitable organization dedicated to bird science and conservation. In addition to its leadership of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, BSC operates bird conservation programs in all 13 Canadian provinces and territories, and collaborates on many international programs involving more than 70 scientific staff and 49,000 citizen science volunteers. For information and to join Bird Studies Canada please visit birdscanada.org.
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