RARES Foundation supports the breeding and release of bush stone-curlews to nearby Phillip Island in association with Phillip Island Nature Parks.
To manage this species in the wild and provide adequate solutions, it is vital to comprehend how the curlews operate. Various techniques have been supporting the curlews’ releases such as leg bands, leg flags, and radio-tracking. Our partner, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park has already successfully done tracker trials using harnesses in the conservation parks’ aviaries.
Developed by Moonlit Sanctuary, the technology assisting in monitoring the bush stone-curlew releases is a radio-tracking harness, carrying a solar assisted tracker. The tracker refers to the Kite-L GPS GSM by Ecotone, with a solar panel, weighing 17g (less than 3% of the bird’s weight).
This new technology assisted in GPS accuracy for a longer period (months & years), which significantly improved the assessment of program release. To its extent, this highly precise data helped in raising awareness of the ecology of this fascinating bird.