Advance the state-of-the-art of radio-frequency (RF) transmitters by developing three options of a new RF transmitter that can address the research needs for the three main bat and the ESA listed species of Myotisthat may be too small to be tagged with the existing technologies.
- Option 1 will focus on minimizing the transmitter size and weight to study Myotis that could be too small to use the current RF transmitters commercially available.
- Option 2 will prioritize service life over the transmitter size, weight and detection range. This option targets the tracking applications for studying the migratory behavior of hoary, eastern red and silver-haired bats, while still staying under the 5% tag-burden guideline*.
- Option 3 will have the longest detection range of the three while keeping the transmitter size and weight reasonable. This long-range version of the transmitter will be suitable for studying the potential landscape scale attraction of bats to wind turbines as well as their fine-scale movements across one or more wind farms.