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Telemetry via satellites for raptor studies

January 1, 1993

Monitoring animal movements by satellite was first ac complished in 1970 with an elk in Wyoming. The large size of early transmitter packages restricted their use to very large animals. Miniaturization of electronic components in the 1980s allowed application of satellite telemetry to large birds. Satellite transmitters have been tested with mixed results on geese, swans, petrels, bustards, eagles, and falcons. Dramatic weight reduction in the 1980s was quickly followed by tests of a variety of transmitter shapes on captive birds. Research on attachment methods helped in selecting those methods least likely to elicit adverse behavior. Wind tunnel experiments were conducted to produce more aerodynamically efficient PTT designs. Recently, the utility of satellite tracking has been demonstrated in studies of wandering albatrosses in the Indian Ocean, migrating Bewick's swans, bald eagles, and golden eagles. Two other studies demonstrated the feasibility of tracking cranes by satellite. The types of information from these techniques will be presented and cross-referenced to a poster display and demonstration.

Publication Year 1993
Title Telemetry via satellites for raptor studies
Authors M.R. Fuller, D. H. Ellis, S.S. Klugman
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Raptor Research
Index ID 5222651
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center