A Manual for Wildlife Radio Tagging

A Manual for Wildlife Radio Tagging

2nd Edition - October 12, 2000

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  • Author: Robert Kenward
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080574202
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124042421

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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.
    Basic Equipment:
    Receiving antennas.
    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.
    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.
    Appendix I: Sources of Equipment.
    Appendix II: Sources of Software.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 311
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2000
  • Published: October 12, 2000
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080574202
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124042421

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.

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