The Problem With Tracking Parrots

A Kea parrot.

Ever since the creation of the GPS tracking device, researchers and conservationists have had one goal: to find out more about the animals that we live alongside. One animal that we don’t know that much about is the wild parrot. But there’s a problem with tracking parrots. Parrots have strong beaks that they use to rip things apart–things like GPS trackers. Until this point, scientists have been thoroughly frustrated with the number of GPS collars that parrots have ripped apart. Now, researchers have discovered that tracking wild parrots is actually possible – they just have to create strong gps trackers!Read More

Is Hunting Helping With Conservation Efforts?

A lion sticking it's tongue out.

The Maasai people of Northern Kenya and Tanzania have always hunted lions. Certain men from this tribe have been given the title of ‘lion hunter’ in order to prevent lions from killing livestock, but also as a source of pride or rite of passage–it takes great courage to hunt lions. While seemingly impossible, conservationists have been able to work with the Maasai people in order to protect lions. How? A Mock Hunt The Maasai don’t hunt lions with modern weapons. Instead, they set out on foot in a group, find a lion, and close in on that lion with chantsRead More

Wyoming: Tracking Mule Deer During Migration

A mule deer.

In an effort to track mule deer in Wyoming to better understand migratory habits, wildlife biologists at the University of Wyoming are affixing GPS tracking devices to deer captured by helicopter. The goal is to learn more about their health and the path they travel during what is known as the Red Desert-to-Hoback migration, the longest known land migration in the lower 48 states. The journey, taken by the deer twice each year, spans 150 miles. The scientists hope that data gathered during the GPS project will help conservationists better understand the needs of the deer in regards to protectingRead More

Hunting With Hawks

Goshawk in the grass.

Have you ever wondered how a hawk hunts? How the creatures zero in on prey, how they stalk, and how they kill? If you’ve ever seen a hawk circling its prey in the open sky, you know just how amazing these creatures are and how very little we know about them! From a Hawk’s View It has long been assumed that a hawk spots its prey, and then simply flies down from the sky to attack that prey, but that’s not what a team of researchers has discovered. Researchers recently strapped a camera to the helmet of a Goshawk inRead More

Tracking Jellyfish?

Jellyfish in the ocean.

You can’t really place a GPS tracker on a jellyfish — where would you put it? But, you can track the ocean currents using GPS technology, and that’s exactly what a group of Australian researchers is doing in order to understand how the little sacks of jelly work. Jellyfish do not have brains, a heart, or any bones, but the researchers have discovered they can adapt surprisingly well to the ocean’s currents. As it turns out, jellyfish can automatically detect the various currents of ocean waves, and this allows the fish to swim against the currents. Prior to discovering thisRead More

A Canadian Wild Boar Problem

Wild boars playing in the mud.

What happens when you introduce a new species into a foreign place? In the case of numerous wild boar in Saskatchewan, you get a species that thrives quite unexpectedly. Fish and Game authorities in Saskatchewan, Canada, introduced a number of wild boar into the environment to help with agricultural diversification. What authorities didn’t account for was that wild boar can survive in harsh climates, and wouldn’t simply die out as they had originally thought. Boars Like Cold Weather Wild boars live naturally in Russia, and Russia is known for its harsh climates. When the boars were brought into Saskatchewan, itRead More

Teaching an Old Bear New Tricks with GPS

A brown bear, maybe a grizzly bear.

They call her No. 148. From the moment this three-and-a-half year old grizzly bear wakes up to the time she retires for the evening, her movements are being tracked thanks to a GPS tracking device worn in the form of a collar around her neck. Biologists in Banff, located in Canada, collared No. 148 back on June 12, 2014 in an effort to reduce the number of grizzlies killed on highways and railways, a joint project between Canadian Pacific Railway and Parks Canada. The goal of the project is to see how these young bears use the land around them,Read More

An Old Wolf Face Pops Up In Oregon

Gray wolf laying down.

Some time ago, we wrote about a wolf here on the RMT blog that was nicknamed “OR-7.” OR-7 was tracked using a tracking device that researchers attached to the wolf. Now, OR-7 has popped up once again, but this time he comes with his own pack. OR-7 has been spotted in Oregon along with his mate and their pups. A Famous Wolf When wildlife researchers started to track OR-7 back in 2011, the wolf became something of a celebrity overnight. OR-7 left his home in northeastern Oregon to find a mate, and this meant leaving his beloved home pack. WolvesRead More

Saving the Elephants in Sudan with GPS

A family of elephant on the prairie.

War takes its toll on an area in so many ways. The people are fearful and weary. Heavy artillery decimates villages and cities. Communities are turned upside down. Another aspect of life that is touched by war is wildlife. In Sudan, a civil war rages on and wildlife suffers. Many species are threatened, but the animals at the greatest risk — according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) — are the elephants, giraffes, and an antelope species found in Africa called the ‘Nile lechwe’ and ‘tiang’. But what is killing them? Is it a case of being caught in theRead More

The Struggle to Keep Bears Out of Camper’s Food and GPS

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Campers escape to Yosemite National Park in Fresno, California for many reasons. Whether it’s to unplug, enjoy the peace and quiet, or hike the trails and see the scenery, it’s a popular family destination. One thing campers don’t want is a bear invading their campsite. Worse yet is the bear that tears the site apart in search of the food. Rangers know that the wild black bears wandering the woods are easily attracted to the food brought into the park by campers, and work hard to ensure campers are aware the threat is real. Some campers disregard the rules, andRead More