Why is this important?
The upper weight (mass) limit of the transmitter and the length of time you need to collect the data are really important. These variables will largely determine the transmitter technology you can consider. And because much or most of the transmitter weight will be in battery, the length of time you need it to operate tells you the energy budget. Larger means more battery, and a longer transmitter life. The weight limit and data collection duration tell you how heavy the transmitter can be. You need to know the maximum weight your species can carry without significantly impacting its behavior.
Enter the info below and get a quick result for the upper limit of animal tracking technology weight you can put on your critter. It’s really easy and accounts for the total weight of both the attachment and transmitter. It allows you to see what you can do concerning the weight of a collar or other attachment. With this information you can know if you will need to tag only individual animals above a certain mass.
Make your entries in the fields below. For the animal’s average weight and the weight of the harness (if you want to include the harness/attachment weight), enter these numbers in grams.
The result will then be shown in grams.
Remember, these are general guidelines for animal tracking technology weight limits. These are based on standards we have worked with since 2001. Some species will require a still lower weight for tracking devices, such as peregrine falcons. This is due to their dependence on speed for survival. Sometimes you can put a little more weight on your animal. This depends on your permit.
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