A Manual for Wildlife Radio Tagging - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780124042421, 9780080574202

A Manual for Wildlife Radio Tagging

2nd Edition

Authors: Robert Kenward
eBook ISBN: 9780080574202
Paperback ISBN: 9780124042421
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 12th October 2000
Page Count: 311
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Retaining the introductory flavor of the now classic First Edition, this revision includes all the latest techniques in the field. New information on methods of radio tag harnessing, new sections on satellite tracking techniques and new types of data analysis are all included. Still the only comprehensive, up-to-date, introduction to this fundamental technique for wildlife and behavioral biologists.

Key Features

  • A unique guide to the subject
  • Full coverage of the very latest techniques in both terrestrial and satellite tracking
  • Detailed, practical guidance in how to fit tags, track animals, source and evaluate equipments and techniques and analyse resulting data


Advanced students and researchers in ecology/behavior working on birds, mammals, fish and reptiles.

Table of Contents


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.


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About the Author

Robert Kenward

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Winfrith Technology Centre, Dorchester, Dorset, U.K.


"...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)

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