Introduction

This free online course explains the equipment required and techniques used to track wildlife in the field.

Prerequisites

What's the course about?

Radio tracking is the practice of attaching radio transmitters to animals, and then using receivers to monitor their location. It is used throughout New Zealand for tracking threatened wildlife such as takahē or wētā, and for studying the impacts of invasive species such as goats and pigs.

Radio tracking allows remote monitoring, so we can study the animal without disturbing it too much. The information gained from this monitoring is vital for species management studies on location, habitat use and breeding patterns.

The course takes about 20 minutes to complete, and provides information on:

  • parts of the antenna and receiver
  • how the equipment works
  • the radio-tracking technique
  • trouble shooting
  • care and maintenance.

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in tracking wildlife, including:

  • DOC staff
  • regional council staff
  • volunteers
  • members of community groups and trusts
  • funding recipients.

Note: Certificates are not issued on completion of the course. 

Start the course

Note: If you're having trouble with access, try swapping index.html for DOC_GUI.swf in the web address. 

Start the Animal Radio Tracking online course

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