A New System for Automatic Radiotracking of Small Mammals

Briner, Thomas; Airoldi, Jean-Pierre; Dellsperger, Fritz; Eggimann, Simon; Nentwig, Wolfgang (2003). A New System for Automatic Radiotracking of Small Mammals. Journal of mammalogy, 84(2), pp. 571-578. American Society of Mammalogists 10.1644/1545-1542(2003)084<0571:ANSFAR>2.0.CO;2

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We developed a radiotracking system for automatic and continuous data collection, which allows the radiotracking of several animals at the same time. Based on a system controller, 3 fixed antennas, and small-size radiotransmitters (<2 g, 14 by 12 by 4 mm), the system has the capacity to record several individuals continuously at intervals of <5 min. Antennas, positioned at fixed points in the field, forward the signals from tagged animals to the system controller, where data are collected. The coordinates of the individual's locations are calculated through triangulation on the basis of the angles of incidence from the transmitter signal to each antenna. Transmitters are individually identified by the chronological sequence of their signals. Field tests with Microtus arvalis show the utility of the new technique and possibilities for the system.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE) > Community Ecology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE)

UniBE Contributor:

Airoldi, Jean-Pierre and Nentwig, Wolfgang

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

0022-2372

Publisher:

American Society of Mammalogists

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marceline Brodmann

Date Deposited:

22 Sep 2020 13:55

Last Modified:

22 Sep 2020 13:55

Publisher DOI:

10.1644/1545-1542(2003)084<0571:ANSFAR>2.0.CO;2

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.115411

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/115411

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