Archive for the 'wildlife observation' Category

Primate Biologist, Tony DiFiore, tracks monkeys in the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador. At present, he is using the Telemetry Solutions RS 4000 GPS collars to track the monkeys’ locations at specific times during the day / night. The biggest difficulty regarding the retrieval of GPS data from these collars at present is finding the […]

By their very nature, monkeys are incredibly mobile. They are a self-organizing network. They are the perfect self-forming “mobile nodes”. How can we design according to wildlife constraints, and use these constraints to our advantage? I’ve been thinking lately about how to use monkeys’ natural advantages and strengths for data sharing purposes. I’ve come up […]

In thinking about motion sensing and power calculation for our wildlife observation class, I’ve been researching kinetic energy harvesting and motion sensing monitoring innovations emerging in the marketplace. In the field of kinetic energy harvesting, I’ve been looking into harvesting energy from raw piezo vibrations. This method has been explored since the mid-1990′s and essentially […]

I built and tested a GPS receiver with Natalie Be’er for our Wildlife Tracking class. Each team in our class was assigned a different module to test, so that we could compare the reliability and performance of each GPS module. GR10/MN1010 GPS Module Operating Characteristics * Typical current is 35 mA, maximum current is 40 […]

For our “Wildlife Observation and Monkey Tracking” class, we played hide-n-seek in the Washington Square Park area with a radio receiver, Yagi-Uda antenna, and 3 radio collars. We split into 4 groups (3 hiders and 1 seeker group), and set a time constraint of 30 minutes to see how fast the seeker could detect and […]

During the first week of February, I conducted an ethogram of snow monkeys at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. The Snow Monkey is also known as the Japanese Macaque from the mountainous regions in Honshu, Japan. I spent a total of two hours studying the primates’ behaviors outside in the 45 degree […]