Technology

 

Successful management of kākāpō relies on the use of modern technology.

Every known kākāpō wears a radio transmitter on its back, for example, which allows us to find the birds more easily than we could by relying on tracking dogs or good fortune.

 

Some of the ideas that we have been developing over recent years also have application to other conservation projects. Here are some of the things that we have come up with:

 

The nest kit

An array of gadgets and devices to keep kākāpō chicks and eggs safe while in the nest.

 

The snark

A way of finding out what kākāpō get up to during the night, using automated radio tracking technology.

 

Smart transmitters

A way for the Kākāpō Recovery team to keep “tabs” on the kākāpō population, where they are and what they’re doing.

 

Smart traps

A way of catching specific kākāpō with lost or non-working transmitters.

Skyranger

A way to collect kakapo transmitter data from the air.

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