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 adaptable too, but it can’t offer the same flexibility in terms of data transmission. Read on for details.
3. No Frequency Changing
Forget about switching frequencies to see if a tag is in the area, even if you have a long list of tags 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 on.
4. Records All Detections
Don’t worry about feeling overwhelmed by a large number of LifeTag detections. They’re all recorded in a local database. Your records will be complete.
5. Works with Your SmartPhone
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.
LifeTags work great with nestbox studies. They allows you to get, with one trapping of a subject, data on time in the nest box, 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.
When used with CTT Nodes, CTT LifeTags, and its battery-powered twin, CTT PowerTags, can provide you movement data. Just set up an array of CTT Nodes and be the first to establish movement patterns for your species! Now calculate Kernel Density Estimates (KDE) and movement data for small animals impossible with any other 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?