The city of Boulder is considering attaching GPS tracking device collars on a few bears in the next year to figure out where they explore and what their habits are when they do show up in the town.
While at this point they are just exploring the idea, there is still an advocacy group that is concerned about the idea. This past November, Val Matheson, Boulder Urban Wildlife Conservation’s Coordinator, talked with the city Space Board of Trustees and the advocacy group, Boulder Bear Coalition about the plan which is still being introduced and might not even happen.
According to Matheson, it is time to collect data about the reason the bears are in town so they can concentrate their efforts in the right location.
If this study moves forward this year, five bears would be captured, tranquilized and equipped with GPS tracking collars. The Colorado Parks & Wildlife personnel would be involved.
The whole purpose of the study is to protect the health and safety of humans and so that bears don’t have to be put down.
There was a law passed in 2014 in the city that required homeowners who lived west of Broadway to use trash cans that were bear-resistant. All decisions based off that policy both future and present were based off unreliable information. There was no way of knowing if all bear sightings were being reported by residents.
Matheson said that the ordinance and policy about bears and their protection was based for the most part on voluntary information. It relied on the residents calling the information in and is believed that a large part of the community was not doing that.
The Boulder Bear Coalition’s founder, Brenda Lee, is not fully onboard with the project at this time.
She says she has some fairly big concerns about the project based off the information she has of it and wished the advocacy group was more involved in it since the beginning. There is risk in tranquilizing bears, she says.
She feels other less invasive methods could be taken in order to gain the same information such as putting up cameras where the bears roam. Paying more attention to where the bears are rummaging and which fruit trees are present should be focused on in the city, she says.
It’s essential that the Boulder Bear Coalition is on board all the way with this since their opinion is valued and trusted by the community, she says.
Whether you have been dealing with a quickly-evaporating budget or simply want to think ahead, saving money with regular business practices can be difficult. One thing you should consider when you start this endeavor is what modern technology will be useful. In this case, GPS tracking devices can actually be a great help. Here are some ways to use GPS trackers to help save your business money.
Save Money on Fuel for Fleet Vehicles
When you have a business with fleet vehicles that are used daily, one of your biggest expenses is fuel. GPS fleet tracking can help you reduce your fuel consumption in a number of different ways. One way is by using the tracking devices while you delivery drivers are working and to re-route them as needed. The re-routing is based on changes in their schedule, and gives them the fastest or shortest route. This can help to avoid unnecessary driving as the GPS tracking device can provide you with the best route.
GPS tracking devices can also help when you track individual vehicles or divers. You might notice that a certain vehicle is using up too much fuel, much more than your other vehicles, so you need to address that problem. There could also be a driver that uses the most fuel, perhaps due to high speeds or too much time sitting in idle when it isn’t necessary.
Improve Productivity by Workers
GPS trackers will also help you reduce your overall costs by improving productivity of your workers. With the re-routing function, you are not only helping to avoid unnecessary driving to reduce the fuel costs, but it helps drivers get the most done within a certain period of time. If one of your drivers has a last-minute delivery or pickup to get taken care of, you can easily program the new address into the GPS tracker to find the optimal route.
Get Regular Maintenance for Your Fleet
You might also be spending more money on getting your fleet vehicles repaired due to procrastination of (or lack of)maintenance. If you are having a hard time keeping up with your vehicle’s maintenance tasks, consider using your GPS tracking technology to help you. You can set up alerts for different tasks, such as bringing the vehicles in for a tune-up and oil change or having the tires inspected. By doing regular maintenance with these alerts, you can avoid more serious repairs later on.
Have Error-Proof Billing Practices
If you are still using the old style of payroll where your drivers list their hours driven manually, it is time to upgrade. GPS tracking of your employees and fleet vehicles can give you more accurate information. Have a separate tracker for every vehicle, and it will tell you exactly how long the truck was driving for business operations, how long it was parked, and how long it was idle. This can help when comparing log sheets to how long the vehicles were actually operating for work purposes.
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Although the captivating species of the harbor seals are fairly stable in many parts of the world and can be seen in just about every zoo, when it comes to southeastern Alaska, there is a decline. The harbor seals rest and breed at nearby glacier icebergs; however, since the availability of the ice is changing, it affects the seals’ behaviors, which are important for their reproduction and survival.
There are two different studies that have been conducted, one through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) and the other through the National Park Service (NPS). Both found the seals could be changing their behavior and distribution in order to acclimate with the changing locations of ice because of the glaciers retreating.
Jamie Womble, who is leading the Glacier Bay NPS research, is working closely with her team to figure out the precise movements and distribution of the seals and how it relates to the glacier ice.
One particular method being used that is working effectively is Aerial tracking. This involves flying above the ice and counting the seals. Another method for tracking the seals movements is through the use of GPS tracking devices, which are glued to the seals. There is little risk to the seals since during the following summer’s molt season, the GPS tracking technology will come off safely.
Although the seals movements and migration have been going extensively away from Glacier Bay, Womble and her team found the seals’ return rate was fairly high following breeding/pupping season.
Womble and her team studied both the patterns of seal movements and distances in which they traveled in relation to the ice. Ice distribution inside John Hopkins Inlet was also studied by the team. This analysis was then correlated with aerial tracking information so that they team could examine the relationship between the seals and the ice.
Seal pupping is decreasing due to the eastern side Glacier Bay rapid retreat. During the time when the pups are newborn and are being weaned off of the mother seals, the pups rest on the flat icebergs. It was found, however, that there were no longer any seals pupping in Muir Inlet by 2008 and in McBride Inlet, there were only 200 seals counted.
The importance of studying how, why and when the seals use the glaciers and whether the retreat of them is having a negative impact on the seals is being emphasized in an ADFG report. Also being documented in the report are other glacier retreat instances, seals movements, weight, diet, and how tour vessels affect the seals.