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A Lesser Kestrel in flight with an Argos PTT. (Credits Green Balkans)

21.08.2018 birds Lesser Kestrels back in Bulgaria

Endangered species can be locally so. The Lesser Kestrel, a small falcon, was all but extinct in Bulgaria. A project enabled to reintroduce the prey bird in this country, with satellite tagging and tracking of its migration, to understand the best way to protect it. The…
An Argos-tagged juvenile whale shark swims through the waters of Panaon Island, Southern Leyte (Credits LAMAVE).

31.07.2018 Animal tracking applications Whale sharks, big friendly giants of the ocean

Whale sharks are about the opposite of your archetypal shark. These gentle giants, the biggest fish in Earth’s oceans, are living on a steady diet of plankton (with the addition of small crustacean, fish and squids). There’s still a lot we don’t know about this wildlife marine species, though. Understanding…
Collared female with two cubs. (Credits A. Derocher)

24.07.2018 Animal tracking applications On the track of the polar bears

Polar bears live in a challenging environment for human beings, and getting close to them is not without dangers. Wildlife tracking using Argos PTTs has thus enabled us to know more about them. The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is heavily dependent on sea ice, since they feed on seals (ringed…

23.07.2018 Animal tracking applications Two tags on a shark: a world first

The french association APECS (Association for the Study and Conservation of Selachians) is a Brest association dedicated to the study and conservation of sharks and rays. The members of this association regularly use Argos tags to be able to follow the selected specimens to better understand their behavior. Last…

19.07.2018 Animal tracking applications News about the Rana turtle

Do you remember Rana? This is the turtle collected and treated for four years by the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. After his release and the few adventures to find the camera that filmed his first 24h of freedom, Rana has already traveled more than 300km. The Caouanne turtle…
Eurasian woodcock (credit Joseba Felix Tobar-Arbulu)

09.07.2018 Animal tracking applications Scolopax rusticola without frontiers

The Eurasian woodcock, Scolopax rusticola, is a very special bird as it is crepuscular. During the day, it rests in places where there is not much light.  Thus, this species was not very well known before the first tracking – in 2006, as before that the lightest Argos PPT was…

03.07.2018 Flash news The adventure of the turtle named Rana and her camera

Around the 21st of June, as part of an action led by the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Robert Calcagno, Damien Chevalier & Olivier Brunel released a sea turtle named Rana who had been receiving treatment for four years. To monitor its evolution an animal tracking system was set up…
An eel in the sea with a pop-up tag. Credits G. Simon, Perpignan University

27.06.2018 Animal tracking applications Eels become slightly less slippery thanks to Argos & goniometer

Eels are still nowadays a very mysterious fish species. To better know their swimming behaviour when leaving the European coasts, accelerometers are used in conjunction with Argos pop-up tags to estimate speed variations during vertical migrations and infer energy expense of eels leaving Europe to reproduce in the Sargasso Sea.
éléphant de mer avec une balise Argos (photo C. McMahon, IMOS/U. Sydney)

11.06.2018 Animal tracking applications Elephant seals diving for science

The marine animals living in the open ocean, and especially in the Southern Ocean, are among the ones which knowledge benefitted the most from Argos wildlife tracking. We discovered a lot about Southern Elephant seals, among those – depths of dive, paths followed, etc., all things completely unknown previously and…
Arctic fox (Credits A. Sokolov)

29.05.2018 Animal tracking applications Siberian Arctic fox on the move

Nowadays Arctic wildlife is often endangered by climate changes and human activities, and they are not always very well known. The arctic fox is a small animal, white in Winter, living around the Arctic circle. In Siberia it has been little studied for now, but miniaturization progresses make it possible…
Loggerhead turtle equipped with a satellite tag. Source: Miquel Gomila/SOCIB

15.05.2018 Animal tracking applications Tweeting Mediterranean Loggerhead turtles as oceanographers

Loggerhead turtle around Balearic Islands are equipped with Argos satellite tracking tags. Their data are used as oceanographic data source, and they also can be followed in real-time on Twitter, as a mean of raising awareness on the threats to this wildlife species and the way of helping protecting them.
EO4 Wildlife

04.05.2018 Animal tracking applications EO4 wildlife – Platform for wildlife monitoring integrating Copernicus and Argos data

In November 2017, a new version of the EO4wildlife platform was released to all partners. This version provide a wide new set of features such as access to new datasets, integration of new processing services, improvements on platform usability and on interoperability issues… On topic of metocean data, the ambition…

02.05.2018 Animal tracking applications How do lesser spotted eagles learn their migration routes?

Argos wildlife tracking helps to understand the best conditions for young lesser spotted eagles to survive their first migration. Using solar-powered tags, over 100 birds of different birth location and age have been followed since 2004 during their trip to Africa, to monitor the effects of translocating young birds to…
ActInSpace 2018

17.04.2018 Flash news Argos’ challenges for ActInSpace 2018

ActInSpace is an innovation contest (Hackathon) initiated by the French Space Agency (CNES) uniting over 60 cities across 5 continents. This international event aims to bring together entrepreneurs, students, developers, creatives… For 24 hours, teams will work on challenges proposed by various companies, with the support of business…
Return to sea of a tagged porbeagle with argos satellite

17.04.2018 Animal tracking applications Argos satellite system helps track porbeagle sharks

Porbeagle shark is a wildlife species which migrates long distances. Monitoring their movements is important to help protect them. Since they are permanently subaquatic, they are located using Argos pop-up satellite archival tags. The migration of nine porbeagle sharks have been monitored for several months and up to one year…
Green Sea Turtle

04.04.2018 Animal tracking applications Endangered sea turtle species in Papua New Guinea

One of our Argos users recently deployed the first satellite tagged, hard shelled turtles (greens and hawksbills) in Papua New Guinea.  The Argos satellite tags will help to understand the movement of one of the world’s oldest creatures and will play an important role in the conservation of endangered…

10.04.2018 Animal tracking applications Contribution of space technologies for livestock and food security

As part of the ESA program named ARTES 20/Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP), and with the support of the CNES, CLS is working on a new space application for animal tracking in the field of livestock management, disease reduction and sustainability of ecosystem services. This system is…

05.04.2018 Flash news ARGOS news on Facebook

We invite you to visit our Facebook page to not miss any news related to ARGOS. We frequently post news, and other contents related to our activities. Click on the image to access our page      …

25.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Lilia Dmitrieva, Caspian seal ecology and conservation

The Caspian seal (Pusa caspica) is a small-bodied, ice-breeding phocid, endemic to the landlocked Caspian Sea in Central Asia. The species is listed as ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), having declined by around 90% from a population exceeding 1 million individuals at the…
Lynx dans le jura

18.03.2018 Animal tracking applications The lynxes of Jura

A video recently posted on Facebook by Jean-Marie Thévenard, shows the passage of three lynxes, a female and her two cubs, in a snowy Jura forest. The Argos beacon from CLS is used by the Athénas wild animal care center. Thus Gilles Moyne, the director of…
1st South American Wildlife Tracking Workshop

14.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Capture and study of marine turtles in Martinique

Martinique hosts key areas defined as development habitats for green and hawksbill turtles. In this context, the local wildlife management and conservation structures and the National Action Plans recommend to study the importance of these feeding sites for sea turtles, in order to determine the dynamics of the populations and…

16.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Eric Stéphan and Alexandra Rohr, Learning more about basking sharks with argos

Understanding and monitoring marine species is crucial for the development of coherent and effective management practices. That is why the French Agency for Marine Protected Areas, now part of the French Agency for Biodiversity, quickly realized the advantages of satellite-tracking marine species in collaboration with scientists. The…

12.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Keith Reid, Penguins show the way for marine spatial planning

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is responsible for the ecosystem-based management of fisheries in the Southern Ocean. The ‘ecosystem approach‘ means that the effects of commercial fishing must take into account not only harvested species (target species) but also dependent species, such as…
Etude de cas des tortues caouannes en haute mer

08.03.2018 Flash news Visit us at Oceanology International 2018

Tired of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge ? Get a breeze of fresh air at CLS booth (E300), at the OI2018, the best way to enjoy London next week! Our team of experts will be happy to see you and answer your question on telemetry services during…
1st South American Wildlife Tracking Workshop

01.03.2018 Flash news Tracking of sea turtles

One of our Argos customers recently deployed the first satellite tagged, hard shelled turtles (greens and hawksbills) in Papua New Guinea.  Its very exciting news in the turtle world! Conservation International and partner Eco-Custodian Advocates announced the successful tagging of two endangered species of sea turtles, the hawksbill…

05.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Katrina Phillips, Junevile sea turtles and Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of Mexico

All sea turtles living in U.S. waters are listed as either endangered or threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Turtles face both natural threats and human-caused threats, including accidental capture in fishing gear, poaching and habitat destruction. The Gulf of Mexico is home to 5 of the…
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27.02.2018 Animal tracking applications ARGOS transmitter, dedicated to track small bird.

The ARGOS system is a unique worldwide satellite tracking and environmental monitoring system created by the French Space Agency CNES, the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Each month more than 8000 animals…
phoque balise

26.02.2018 Flash news New relationships between humans and animals

Digital technologies open new relationships between humans and animals. With sensors, ARGOS-GPS satellite systems and mini-cameras, scientists can now collect data on animal migration and behaviors on an unprecedented scale. Elephant seals collect crucial data when diving on the Southern Ocean “The elephant seals will go down, dive,…
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27.12.2017 Animal tracking applications Effective conservation and management of flying-foxes with Argos system

Flying-foxes (Pteropodidae) are large bats capable of long-distance flight. Effective conservation and management of flying-foxes are constrained by lack of knowledge of their ecology, especially of movement patterns over large spatial scales. Thanks to research studies, we know that flying foxes are able to fly over 100 km a day…

10.09.2017 Flash news Argos Chipset Giveaway Contest : want to help create an open source Argos tag?

By combining tracking and localization data, Argos enables scientists worldwide to improve their understanding of animal behavior and their knowledge of climatology. This is why it is essential to develop more efficient beacons adapted to the monitoring of the greatest number of species. For the past 3 years, CLS has…