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Biologists use animal radio tags for two main purposes: to locate and study animals in the field, and to transmit information about the physiology or behaviour of wild or captive animals. These uses are described respectively as `radio tracking' and `radio telemetry'. This book will be invaluable for scientists in all branches of ecology and wildlife research, both in showing ways in which radio tagging can be of use and in giving practical details on how to use this technology.
Preface. First Questions: Biological questions. Planning. Training. Basic Equipment: Frequency. Receivers. Receiving antennas. Transmitters. Tag Designs. Tags as Capture Aids. Automated Systems: Satellite Tracking. GPS Tags. Location by Ground-Based Stations. Choosing Location Systems. Data Logging. Making Preparations: Buying Equipment. Software Preparations. Maps and GIS. Making Tags: Tag Components. Tag Construction. Tag Designs. Tag Attachment: Effects on Animals. Minimal Tagging, Soft Tagging. Attachment Techniques. Tag Adjustment and Detachment. Radio Tracking: First Principles. Making a Start. Practice Tracking. Signals from Tagged Animals. Motorised Tracking. Collecting Data: Radio Surveillance. Recording Locations. Accuracy. Survival Data. Continuous Refinement. Behaviour and Home Ranges: Activity and Event Records. Movement Records. Home-Range Analysis. Demography and Interactions: Density Estimations. Survival Analyses. Interaction with Resources. Social Interactions. References. Glossary. Appendix I: Sources of Equipment. Appendix II: Sources of Software. Index.
Robert Kenward started radio-tracking wildlife in 1974, monitoring released goshawks as a part of a thesis study at Oxford University. After learning to build radio-tags for projects in Sweden, he became a government biologist, working mainly on raptors and squirrels. More than 50 of his publications involve radio-tagging, including the Ranges suite of analysis software.
...this book is of definite value to any and all researchers that are considering or applying telemetry to their research. It is highly recommendable for its thoroughness, timeliness, and user friendly organization. Those already owning the earlier volume should still consider purchasing this new version. Roger D. Applegate for THE CANADIAN FIELD NATURALIST (2002) "This book is undoubtedly the most comprehensive and up-to-date work available on wildlife radiotagging, and would be essential reading for anyone considering undertaking a radiotagging project." IBIS (2001) "Kenward has reached a nice middle ground - unlike most manuals we encounter in daily life - by writing in plain language yet still including the abundant technical details needed to understand the field. These details are aimed at addressing the litany of questions expected from first time trackers, as well as those experienced field workers branching out to new techniques. " -Roland Kays for the NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM (2002)