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Remote ecological monitoring with smartphones and tasker

April 13, 2021

Researchers have increasingly used autonomous monitoring units to record animal sounds, track phenology with timed photographs, and snap images when triggered by motion. We piloted the use of smartphones to monitor wildlife in the Riverside East Solar Energy Zone (California) and at Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana). For both efforts, we established remote autonomous monitoring stations in which we housed an Android smartphone in a weather-proof box mounted to a pole and powered by solar panels. We connected each smartphone to a Google account, and the smartphone received its recording/photo schedule daily via a Google Calendar connection when in data transmission mode. Phones were automated by Tasker, an Android application for automating cell phone tasks. We describe a simple approach that could be adopted by others who wish to use nonproprietary methods of data collection and analysis.

Publication Year 2021
Title Remote ecological monitoring with smartphones and tasker
DOI 10.3996/JFWM-20-071
Authors Therese M. Donovan, Cathleen Balantic, Jonathan Katz, Mark Massar, Randy Knutson, Kara Duh, Peter Jones, Keith Epstein, Julien Lacasse-Roger, João Dias
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management
Index ID 70229125
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Leetown