Journal article

A cost-effective and informative method of GPS tracking wildlife

Blake M Allan, John PY Arnould, Jennifer K Martin, Euan G Ritchie

WILDLIFE RESEARCH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2013

Abstract

In wildlife research, our ability to GPS track sufficient numbers of individuals is always limited by cost, which restricts inference of species-habitat relationships. Here, we describe the modification and use of a relatively new and inexpensive off-the-shelf GPS device, to provide detailed and accurate information on the movement patterns of individuals (mountain brushtail possums, Trichosurus cunninghami), including how movement varies through time, and how individuals interact with each other. Our results demonstrated that this technology has enormous potential to contribute to an improved understanding of the movement patterns and habitat preferences of wildlife at a fraction of the cos..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was conducted under Ethics Approval from Deakin University A45-2011. We thank the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) for logistical support, and Oli Tan from Mobile Action Technology Inc., for technical assistance. Funding for this project was provided by the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University, and Deakin University. Last, many thanks to the volunteers who assisted with fieldwork.