The housing is constructed from a lightweight glass-reinforced epoxy composite material with a contiguous interior metal-plated coating. The unit is hermetically sealed with a metal-to-metal solder joint providing stability during changes in temperature and humidity. The solar array is encapsulated in silicone and covered with a polycarbonate window for added durability.
Additional hardware is included for patagial attachment.
Standard Finish: classic, dark brown, medium brown, gray, white, black
California Condor, Andean Condor
* Mounting posts not included in these dimensions.
Shortly after the release of the Solar Argos/GPS 45g PTT in 2003, we were approached by the Peregrine Fund with a special request to modify the 45g PTT for patagial attachment to a California Condor. The Peregrine Fund was interested in monitoring reintroduced California Condors and needed an alternative to backpack-attachment-style PTTs.
We had already modified our Solar 35g PTT for condors, so it did not take us long to configure the necessary adjustments to allow for the GPS PTT's attachment to a condor's wing. The resulting Solar Argos/GPS 50g Patagial PTT provided biologists the means to follow this vulnerable species and identify its location so accurately that they could find carcasses the birds had been feeding on.
We recently visited our colleagues at Pinnacles National Park who shared with us the ongoing success of the California Condor Recovery Program. Today, many California Condors that are reintroduced into the wild continue to be monitored with a Solar Argos/GPS 50g Patagial PTT on one wing and a VHF transmitter on the other. Read more about our experience at Pinnacles National Park in our 2018 Spring Newsletter.