Enhanced GPS Data Management System for California Condors

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The USGS Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to revise the California condor global positioning system (GPS) data acquisition, management, and archive workflow. FORT and the FWS implemented a Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) GPS tracking system, a relatively economical cellular technology. The devices stream positional data to an online system that manages transmitter/bird deployment data and proofs incoming GPS data.