New Ontario election ads: Smart culling is the key
Smart cullers are already using GPS to track down potential predators in the wild, but a new smart system could make that more easy and cheaper.
The Globe and Mail has a story on the smart culling project, which has been in the works for about a year.
The system is based on the work of two Canadian companies that developed a system for tracking down birds in the field.
“You can have people come up with these ideas and you can get them into the right system and the right place,” said Tom Anderson, a retired wildlife biologist and co-founder of the Natural Resources Canada Research Foundation, which is the lead agency for the project.
He says the technology is already used in Canada to monitor the health of wild animals.
Anderson is also the president of the Canadian Society for Wildlife Management, which oversees the province’s wildlife management.
The two companies, the company that created the system and a former company that built it, are working together to create the system, called Navina, to track birds in their natural habitats.
It will be built on top of the existing provincial bird-tracking network.
“This is a really exciting time in our province,” Anderson said.
The province already uses a bird-tagging system, which also is based in the United States.
That system relies on GPS technology to track a bird’s position and the number of sightings it has made.
The company behind Navina said it will be able to improve the accuracy of the tagging and improve its effectiveness, which could be used to improve culling efficiency.
“Navina will enable us to do better in terms of tracking and culling in the province of Ontario,” said the company in a statement.
The project, Anderson said, will have two goals: To improve tracking accuracy and cull efficiency.
Anderson and his co-founders, who are based in Canada, said the Navina system will also be able help reduce the number and severity of bird deaths in the natural habitats it is deployed in.
The new system is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year.