University of Calgary

A bear's eye view: tracking collar collects behavioural and travel path data through GPS, movement trajectories, photos

Submitted by darmstro on Mon, 2011-11-21 15:42.

Nov. 21, 2011

Next spring as the bear's hibernation cycle closes, researchers will be able to see the world from a bear's perspective through an innovative tracking collar that augments traditional GPS tracking methods. The innovative collar was developed by University of Calgary and Foothills Research Institute researchers and captures a cross section of geographical and behavioural data that can help assess the impact of natural resource planning on wildlife. It will be commercially available through Lotek Inc.

Media are invited to meet the research team, view images captured from the collar, and learn more about its technology and how it can assist in gaining a comprehensive understanding of bears. This knowledge will help preserve population, environmental habitats and planning of beneficial co-existence between humans and bears.

WHAT Innovative tracking collar to help researchers assess impact of natural resource planning on wildlife

WHEN Tuesday, November 22, 2011

10 a.m. to noon

WHERE Innovate Calgary, Alastair Ross Technology Centre, 3553 - 31 St NW, Calgary

Link to Map: ARTC

INTERVIEWS Dr. Andrew Hunter, University of Calgary, Schulich School of Engineering

Gordon B. Stenhouse, Research Scientist, Foothills Research Institute

Oana Bantus, Lotek Inc.

Dr. Mohamed Abousalem, TECTERRA

David Reese, Innovate Calgary

VISUALS Media kits including photos taken from the collar that shows bears in their natural habitat foraging for food and interacting with cubs. Video upon request.