The wedge-tailed eagle is the largest living raptor (bird of prey) in Australia and is one of the largest eagles on earth. With wingspans of 7½ feet on average, the eagles take their name from their long, wedge-shaped tails.

Due to deforestation, being disturbed while nesting, deliberate human persecution and accidentally ingesting pesticides and Dingo (wild canine found in Australia)  baits, the eagle is now endangered.

The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle looks likely to be fitted with GPS tracking devices in the near future as part of a divisive strategy to consider the threats they face on a daily basis. It’s hoped that by rolling out the project, the species can be saved.

Researchers from the University of Tasmania plan to track eagles over the age of three months, as the GPS devices can only be safely fitted when the eagles are around 10 to 11 weeks old. However, this proposal, that is still to receive the go ahead from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, has faced resistance from founder of the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania, Craig Webb.

Mr. Webb has raised concerns that fitting the raptors with GPS devices is potentially invasive. He agrees that the project will help scientists gain information, however he has reservations with regards to upsetting the young eagles.

Elissa Cameron, the research project leader, has stated that the project has involved extensive consultation and that is has been given all the relevant ethical clearances. Furthermore, Professor Cameron has said that the monitoring technique that’s to be used is the gold standard in terms of tracking rare raptors that are susceptible to being disturbed.

She also added that through tracking the movements of the birds when they’re young, it helps researchers better understand the creatures. This will provide information on causes of mortality, so these can potentially be better managed.

A spokesperson from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Development has stated that the project is currently being assessed. Factors and issues such as animal welfare, the contribution to our understanding of the species and the study’s value for the conservation of the endangered eagles are being taken into consideration.

It is hoped by the researchers that the project will be given the green light very soon.

 

Uniform pickup and delivery services can be big business in the right environment. The more business you have, however, the more room there is for inefficiencies to creep in and cut into your profits. GPS fleet tracking can help you take a bite out of the little things that can cost your business so much and boost your profits at the same time. These are just a few of the benefits your business stands to gain by using GPS fleet tracking services.

Reduce Idling Time

Idling is public enemy number one for your vehicles. Drivers always plan to be in and out quickly when making either a uniform pickup or delivery, but may be forced to wait on people inside who weren’t quite ready to accept delivery or pickup.

Some drivers even tend to let vehicles idle while fueling up, when washing their vehicles, and in stand-still traffic. The more drivers and vehicles you have in your fleet, the higher the costs can be.

GPS tracking not only tracks your drivers’ movements, but also when the engine is idling – burning costly fuel in the process. This allows you to identify the drivers who are the worst idling offenders, so you can offer education and incentives to encourage them to cut their idling times.

Verify Pickups and Deliveries

Since picking up and delivering uniforms is the cornerstone of your business, it’s nice to know that you can use GPS fleet tracking to verify the times that you picked items up and made your deliveries to hotels, restaurants, hospitals, etc. around time that take advantage of your services.

This provides a record for invoicing purposes for you and also serves to reduce disputes that may arise regarding the timing of deliveries and whether they were, in fact, made. You can improve this service even further by scanning specific batches that are received and/or dropped off. Everyone wins.

Lower Operating Costs

Fuel and labor are two of the biggest expenses your business is likely to face daily. With trucks running all over town, it’s good to know that your GPS system may also be used as a fuel management system, allowing you identify routes that are more efficient, driver behavior that may be costing your business money, and by reducing the number of driver hours logged in a day through greater efficiency.

While GPS fleet tracking cannot solve all the problems busy fleet owners and operators face on a given day, it can resolve many of them allowing your uniform pickup and delivery services  business to enjoy higher profits, greater customer satisfaction, and more money in the bank.

stone curlew

The stone-curlews is among Britain’s top threatened bird species and scientists are tracking them with GPS tracking technology in order to help create a habitat where it will be able to survive.

These birds also are referred to as thick-knees and dikkops. They originate from the family Burhinidae and have 9 nine different species. Two of the species live in Australia and the others are located in the temperate and tropical areas of the world. They prefer arid habitats despite them being classified as waders.

The stone-curlew is about the size of a crow and has bright yellow eyes. Around 30 years ago in the UK, it came close to extinction, not breeding anymore. With the help of conservation work, however, the number of these birds increased to about 400 breeding pairs. Stone-curlews are generally nocturnal and you can hear their loud wailing singing which brings true curlews to mind.

Stone-curlew and thick-knee are commonly used to reference the birds and each year, the preference of one term to another varies. Stone-curlews eat mostly invertebrates and insects and some of the larger birds will prey on small mammals and lizards.

The GPS tracking devices are being used so scientists can learn more about these birds and help landowners create better environments for them to nest and eat to sustain their species in the UK.

The information researchers are obtaining through this tracking is helping them learn different things they were not able to study before. This helps them determine what they need to do in order to ensure the survival of the species.

Through GPS tracking, scientists were able to discover that certain birds would travel far from their nests to reach their favored feeding site.

The stone-curlew species has actually doubled in number since the year 1985 thanks to conservation work by land managers, farmers, wildlife groups and gamekeepers.

The goal of conservationists is to create a habitat that is safe enough for the birds where they feed and nest and not be threatened by mechanized agriculture.  GPS tracking seems to be doing this job well.

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