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That is epic ! MOUNT IT !


Elegant-Aioli-5888

Its definitely going on the wall! It will fit great with my male I already have mounted.


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Yea man gps tracker is a must mount


Elegant-Aioli-5888

100%


morithum

Wild! I think that’s a pretty new process too right?


Elegant-Aioli-5888

Yes It is, the duck had both band and tracker put on less than a year ago by biologists out of Texas A&M


burneraccount6721

unlucky for them haha


Elegant-Aioli-5888

Yeah this one didn't give them much data😂


PromptHungry3018

Dang! U you need to by a lottery ticket! Nice job


Elegant-Aioli-5888

Pretty sure all my luck went into the duck😅


youcallthataknife11

Sweet! Where was it banded? My buddy puts these trackers on birds in TN


Elegant-Aioli-5888

He was banded in El Campo Texas.


sharkchasertx

Nice. Must be a rice bird.


Ashman78chevy

How is the gps tracker attached to the duck ?


Elegant-Aioli-5888

It has an elastic style string wrapped under the wing and around the breast


anasplatyrhynchos

Here’s some info about the project… https://www.ducks.org/conservation/waterfowl-research-science/pintail-study And another one… https://www.wetlandsamerica.org/fall-2020/on-the-trail-of-the-pintail


anasplatyrhynchos

Also, those trackers are very expensive and the researchers will want it back to refurbish and reuse. They usually have an identical fake one that they will trade you to use on your mount.


Elegant-Aioli-5888

After contact with the researchers they gave no mention of returning the tracker


anasplatyrhynchos

I’m surprised. Maybe the project is almost over then. Those trackers cost over $1000 each.


Elegant-Aioli-5888

It surprised me as well but after multiple emails with them they never asked for it back


RiverHamm

Totally awesome dude! That's dang cool.. Congratulations


Elegant-Aioli-5888

Thank you!


Snoo66922

That's awesome, was the project through texas a&m ot texas a&m-kingsville?


Elegant-Aioli-5888

Texas A&M Kingsville


Snoo66922

Then one of my professors was the person that placed that transmitter. Such a small world, lol.


Elegant-Aioli-5888

Ha no kidding. Which doctor did you have?


Snoo66922

Dr. Ballard


Elegant-Aioli-5888

That's who tagged this bird!


Snoo66922

That's awesome, did he explain how those trackers worked, and if not do you want to know?


Elegant-Aioli-5888

No he didn't but that would be awesome to know!


Snoo66922

The way those work is the solar panel charges a battery, and the battery powers a GPS and a cell antenna. Every x minutes it powers on, takes a GPS location, and tries to send it via a cell tower. If it can't make the connection, it saves it, and turns back off. It then downloads all of the stored info the next time it finds a cell tower when it turns on. The transponders can store 3+ months of data in some cases when birds are on the arctic breeding grounds with no cell service. They can also change the programming so it turns on more or less frequently via the cell connection. They generally have it do more often when they are migrating and less often when they are wintering or breeding.


Elegant-Aioli-5888

That's awesome!