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Investigating Wildlife Movement in the Negev Desert

Desert Watch

Where we work

The unique habitat matrix of the area around Sde Boker (a gradient of human-modified habitat) together with the immense capabilities of the ATLAS system allow us to examine changes in wildlife movement (currently highly social groups of Arabian Babblers - click here for more information on babblers) based on differing levels of human disturbance. The ATLAS (Advanced Tracking and Localization of Animals in real-life Systems) allows for acquisition of extremely detailed movement information on dozens of individuals simultaneously in real time, far exceeding any current knowledge base on animal behaviour in the wild or otherwise. Tags can weigh less than three grams and last for months. The ATLAS gives an unprecedented amount of data, and with an established study site there are many possibilities for exciting and novel future research!

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Right -> a recaptured female Arabian Babbler with tag still attached and transmitting 90-days post-deployment.

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The Map

Click below to see the live map!

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The Babblers

See a photo and brief description of each group, and also each Babbler currently tagged.

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The Team

Learn about the researchers working on the ATLAS around Sde Boker.

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The Blog

 Read about some of the adventures here 

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