Orford Ness Gulls Monitored with GPS Reveal Surprising Migration Habits

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Among the many important uses of GPS tracking technology, are wildlife research and conservation efforts. Scientist around the world can study the different habits of all kinds of creatures by attaching GPS tracking devices to the animals. Prior to this technology, our understanding of wildlife was much more limited, as researchers could only rely on visual observations. Many animals depend on their ability to remain undetected for survival, making visually tracking them very difficult. One of the latest groups to use GPS tracking to monitor wildlife, is the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). The BTO equipped 25 black-backed gulls fromRead More

Study Reveals Mild 2012 Winter for Minnesota Deer

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In January 2011, The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began studying deer in Fourtown and Grygla, MN. The group attached 16 local deer with GPS tracking collars in order to study the seasonal habits of the wildlife. In addition to learning about the habitat preferences of the deer during different seasons, the researchers also hoped to learn more about the deer’s relationship to local livestock. With the collars scheduled to fall off April 15, 2012, the researchers noticed a significant difference in survival rates and migratory habits between the 2011 winter and 2012 winter seasons. “Last winter, half of themRead More