USGS Participates in International Symposium about Tracking Animals

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A USGS wildlife biologist was one of 30 international scientists to participate in a planning meeting for the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS), a global small-animal tracking system, in Rottach-Egern, Germany on July 8-11, 2011. The USGS scientist coordinated the "Unknown Migrations" section of a large grant submitted to the European Space Agency as they prepare to launch their first satellite designed to track animals in 2014. Understanding migratory patterns of birds and small animals in real time is critical to understanding the connectivity between climate change and Earth's ecosystems. The goal of the ICARUS meeting is to discuss the best uses of the new global tracking system, which is expected to improve conservation and management of natural resources.