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


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 who works or wants to work or volunteer in conservation, including:

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

Do I need to register?

If you are planning to attend a DOC field based course you should register your details. Otherwise you don't have to register, but it would be helpful for us to know why you're doing the course.

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