Developing game-changing tracking technology
ECOED has had the privilege of being associated with John Wilks of Wildtech in his development of game-changing tracking technology.
John has studied and analysed the behaviour of Kaweka kiwi. He developed the Chick Timer ‘CT’ transmitter, which lasts twice as long and provides three times as much nesting information as previous versions for virtually the same cost. John also used the Kaweka kiwi population to test the 'Sky Ranger', a fixed-wing transmitter tracking system developed to find juvenile kiwi who had gone walkabout.
Trialling new technologies
ECOED has also been involved in a range of other innovations, including:
trialling of transmitters when the software was changed from analogue to digital
testing stainless steel transmitter mounting
trialling new ways of attaching transmitters to kiwi, and
testing effectiveness of various predator trap lures.
We have also collected feather and blood samples from our kiwi which have been used in kiwi genetic studies and have developed ways of dealing with kiwi disease within the crèche environment.
ECOED is open to further studies that would increase our understanding of kiwi and aid its long-term survival.