Tagging and Radio-Tracking

Tagging and Radio-Tracking is a technology, which in combination with the Geographical Information Systems, has multiple applications in the studies of fauna/wildlife species since it makes it possible to know the spatial distribution, the mobility of the individuals, the fragmentation of the populations, the habitat selection, the roaming areas, or feeding zones, the location of the reproduction sites and the extent of the vital domains, among others.

Our services include the capture, marking/tagging and tracking of Wildlife specimens by means of conventional Radio-Tracking as well as reception, management and analysis of the GPS /satellite data originating from the data processing centres. Based on the obtained data, Spatial Distribution Models (SDM) at the Ecosystem level, which make it possible to design and validate the wildlife corridors and dispersal areas, as well as verify the connectivity of populations, find out the potential distribution, assess the Sensitive Area and Risk Zones, determine the Barrier Effects of the Infrastructures and Mortality risks, as well as obtain all types of bio-ecological and eco-ethological parameters.

The marking/tagging and capture programmes are very diverse, ranging from the classic scientific ringing of birds to territorial studies by the use of food type markers (bait marking), as well as capture / recapture programmes of specimens using selective traps for live capture (Kunz-Massoia-Forne, Sherman, Tomahawk and Havarhard), or killing capture (snare/noose, bait) and drop traps (pitfall).

Design and execution of fauna/wildlife capture and marking/tagging programmes by the use of :

  • External Marks/Tags (ear tags, collars, wing bands).
  • Internal Marks/Tags (microchip, PIT tags, transponders).
  • VHF Transmitters (external and internal).
  • PPT / Satellite Transmitters.
  • GPS – GSM Transmitters.

Development of Web Viewers to facilitate the tracking of the marked/tagged specimens practically in real time, exponentially increasing the available information and permitting the decision making to be done in a more efficient way.