What is Radio-Telemetry?
Animal tracking data can provide invaluable insights into the natural world. By tracking animals, we can monitor individual movements, survival and how they use the environment. Tracking animals can also help us find solutions to key environmental challenges like climate change, invasive species, biodiversity loss and much more.
Radio telemetry was one of the first technologies used to monitor wildlife. It involves attaching radio-transmitters to individual animals to track their movements. These radio-tags emit very-high frequency (VHF) radio-signals that can be detected as beeps with a directional antenna and radio-receiver. To radio-track the animal, the user will walk in the direction of the beeping. The louder the beeps get, the closer the animal with the radio-transmitter is.
Because radio-tags are generally much smaller and cheaper than GPS and satellite tags, they are the preferred option for tracking animals, especially small ones. But because the user can only track one animal at a time, collecting animal tracking data using radio telemetry can be a pain!
At Wildlife Drones, we know that radio-tracking doesn’t have to be difficult. With our radio-tracking drone technology, you can quickly locate multiple animals at once – all without breaking a sweat.