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Individual study: Using radio-telemetry to locate cryptic nests of the ground nesting kakapo Strigops habroptilus on Codfish Island, New Zealand

Published source details

Jansen W.P. (2005) Using radio-telemetry to locate cryptic nests of the ground nesting kakapo Strigops habroptilus on Codfish Island, New Zealand. Conservation Evidence, 2, 11-12

Summary

Experiments with hidden transmitters showed that people undertaking radio-telemetry of kakapo Strigops habroptilus, often walked over the transmitter prior to locating it. In a real situation, this could equate to a risk of causing nest failure through trampling of a nest or disturbance of the incubating female. A new telemetry nest approach procedure was therefore developed to avoid potential mistakes.