The CTT LifeTag is a tremendous advance in multi-year wildlife research, especially for smaller animals. Here are five ways it beats old-school VHF tracking. If you’re not excited yet, wait until the bonus material!
1. No Battery- Every time your research animal is in the area, you’ll be able to get detections. Year after year. This makes for a powerful survivorship study, because the LifeTag requires only solar exposure to the sun to resume broadcasting its unique identification.
2. Extremely Lightweight- The LifeTag was developed with an eye on smaller creatures such as passerines, rodents and terrapins. It can be affixed in several ways, allowing you flexibility in your approach. LifeTag and PowerTag can be made part of ear tags and ruggedized for durability. A VHF transmitter may be able to do this, but not in the same way as the other four points here. Read on.
3. No Frequency Changing- Forget about switching frequencies to see if a tag is in the area. You may a fairly long list to go through. The CTT Locator reports all LifeTag and PowerTag detections at once. You just pick the one you’re most interested in and move out.
4. Records All Detections- Don’t worry about feeling overwhelmed by a large number of LifeTag detections. They’re all recorded in a local data base. Your records will be complete.
5. Works with Your SmartPhone- How about one less item to purchase, rent, borrow or carry with you when you head to the field? The CTT Locator uses the browser built into your smartphone to display the list of tags detected, and to control antenna sensitivity. So you can zero in on a particular tag location just by sliding the icon on your smartphone, tablet or laptop screen.
>The same LifeTag also allows for nestbox detections with a CTT Nestbox Receiver, making you the master of the scope of your study. It allows you to get, with one trapping of a subject, data on time on the nest/bedding site, resource selection, and survivorship. Try that with an RFID tag!
>Bird Studies Canada’s Motus Network of over 600 receivers can detect LifeTags at distances over three miles. If your species crosses paths with an updated Motus tower, you’ll know it. The CTT Motus Adapter is very low priced, so plan ahead and put this on any Motus towers you think your animal could come close to.
>CTT LifeTag, and its battery-powered twin, CTT PowerTag, can provide you movement data. Just set up an array of CTT Nodes and be the first to establish movement patterns for your species! You can’t get KDE or movement data for small animals anywhere near this level without this system.
There is a lot to love about the advancements CTT delivers
to wildlife biologists in the LifeTag and PowerTag system. Want to hear more?