Biotelemetry Project Consulting

If you have a project, large or small, that involves the tracking of animals, North Star can help you map out your approach from beginning to end.

We can assist you with selecting the best technology (or compatible technologies) to meet your research goals, even if we do not offer that technology directly. Having been in this business for more than 20 years, we know what capabilities exist in the industry, and in what sizes, and we are familiar with new tools that may be under development.

VENDORS—We can provide valuable insight into challenges such as which technology tools companies can provide along with their respective (approximate) prices. Furthermore, we can identify the pitfalls to avoid and the techniques for avoiding them (such as feather cover or icing), depending on your target species transmitter mounting methods, approaches, and materials. We can also recommend vendors for such things as VHF transmitters and receivers, tiny GPS tags, geolocators, drop-off mechanisms, GPS GSM devices, GPS GSM UHF devices, GPS UHF devices, GPS loggers, satellite transmitters (including Iridium, Argos, and Globalstar), camera traps, and trap transmitters.

HARNESSING AND ATTACHMENT TECHNIQUES—Regarding harnessing/attachment techniques and materials for different species types, we can provide insight on the following: Bird backpacks; neck collars; leg mounts; leg loops (Rappole); feather mounts; shell mounting for turtles; ear tags; tessa tape/glue; implants/subcutaneous anchor; and parrot collars.

CURRENT STATE OF THE ART—We can suggest what kinds of data can be achieved and how it can be used for wildlife management. This includes: GIS and remote sensing data from satellites and aircraft (and drones); precision and accuracy of various technologies/techniques; size and weight or each type (and potential uses and limitations for each); VHF transmitters and receivers; acoustic tags; satellite; geologgers; cellular; UHF field download; drones today; future developments; Icarus; Argos Asic chipset; smaller devices (i.e. how small can they go?); cell phone industry advances contributing to biotelemetry; and the future role of drones.