The Island Life for Quest


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In line with her recent behavior, we find Quest continuing to spend her days at the Monomoy National Wildlife refuge. The data over the past few days places her on the north end of the barrier island. She got an early start there on the 16th, appearing over Morris Island at 5:19AM, well before sunrise. Otherwise, her night-time locations continue to be in the area around Chatham and Brewster.

The past few days have also given us some mid-day readings as well as early morning and late evening data. Accurate mid-day data are harder to get because the weak signal from the transmitter isn’t as easy to receive during the day, when there is a lot of radio-frequency interference. Since each transmitted message lasts less than one second, it is more likely that the Argos satellites will receive a weak or garbled signal, or won’t receive one at all. So we’re happy that we’ve been getting some pretty accurate data in the daylight hours over recent days.

-Jess

6 Responses to “The Island Life for Quest”

  1. mary says:

    Hmmm, must be good food around there. I am also guessing, she’s with at least some of her siblings. The better with whom to hunt! mebbe she/they’ll take off for Parts Unknown as it cools off, and the local food supply diminishes.
    I hope Q and her transmitter continue to fare well.

  2. Kathy V says:

    Thanks for the update..sounds like she has found a place she really likes.
    Tell me..please..does the transmitter grow as she grows? Or is she full-grown. I was wondering if it gets tight on her, as she has had it since she was a fledgling.

  3. Jess says:

    @Kathy V – Quest wears her transmitter on a neoprene harness. Neoprene is the material that divers’ wetsuits are made from. Quest was fully grown when she received the transmitter. The harness is fitted so that it won’t shift around, but the neoprene does allow for some stretching as needed.

  4. Kathy V says:

    thanks..didn’t know that. Jess

  5. Maureen in MA says:

    It will be interesting to see what Quest does when the first snow arrives. Thank you for the update! It’s great to get continued news of Quest’s journey.

  6. Kim in Italy says:

    Thank you Jess!
    Glad to see Q going on to spend her time there at the Cape. Love to follow her adventure! :D