EchoTrack Radar-Acoustic Surveillance System
EchoTrack pioneered the integration of radar and acoustic technologies in an advanced airborne wildlife surveillance system that identifies what animals are present and isolates their flight paths, including height.
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EchoTrack In South Africa
Working with several large wind energy providers and local biologists in the Western Cape region, EchoTrack provides pre-and post-construction risk assessments designed to investigate nocturnal movements of birds in areas planned for wind turbine development. Local biologists and observers conduct nighttime field monitoring with the objectives of monitoring when visual survey is not possible, and of maximizing the volume of coverage so multiple birds could be surveyed simultaneously and over a large area.
Meet Our Graduate Students
- Danielle Dagenais’ MSc thesis applied the radar-acoustic system to verify the use of vineyards, and natural habitat patches within them, by bats in the South Okanagan, BC.
- Frowin Becker’s MSc demonstrated the application of the EchoTrack radar to monitor accurately, the movements of endangered species like the Cape Vulture, to mitigate the impact of wind energy development in South Africa on their survival.
- Joachim Bertrands’ MSc thesis investigated radar-determined flight speeds as an indicator of food availability and thus, habitat quality, at migration stopover sites along the Pacific coast of BC.
- Florian Reurink’s PhD Thesis further investigated radar-determined foraging flight speeds of shorebirds to estimate their net energy intake as a test of the predictions from optimal fight speed theory.
By inviting a thread of nature through our agricultural lands, we restore the wonder of wildlife into our workday, reconnect our purpose to future generations, and let nature balance the forces we cannot fully engineer.
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