Field Work Goes Hi-Tech
Thanks to a generous donation from the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund, the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) has been able to increase efficiency of field staff with the purchase of new tablets and the development of purpose specific software.
STDP wildlife biologist Phil Wise said the new tablets allow STDP staff to enter trapping data and devil identification photos directly into the newly developed software which can then be viewed by other program staff in real time.
“With field staff working in often remote locations, data is usually not available to the rest of the program staff until the field team return to base so being able to access the information as it is being captured is going to be a huge advantage for all of us” Phil said.
“With thanks to Dr Carolyn Hogg at the University of Sydney, the software has been designed to make data entry simple for users and ensures all necessary data is recorded. At the completion of the monitoring trip all data is then downloaded as a spreadsheet which greatly reduces post trip data entry which is often quite time consuming”.
The new tablets and software were used for the first time last month as part of the Wild Devil Recovery Project and have been given a big thumbs up by field staff, even those who consider themselves technology challenged!
Save the Tasmanian Devil Program's Phil Wise and
University of Dr Carolyn Hogg from the University of Sydney
and Phil Wise from the Save
Sydney Dr Carolyn Hogg 'showing' Aoraki how the new technology
the Tasmanian Devil Program using the new technology to capture trapping
works. data and devil identification photos.
The new tablets and software have been purchased
thanks to a donation from Save the Tasmanian Devil Program's wildlife
biologists Phil Wise and Drew Lee
the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund. learning how to use the new technology.