Even Eagles Have Data Roaming Limits, Researchers Find #GPS #Tracking #SMS #SteppeEagle

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A team that is tracking Eagles racked up a massive data bill. When one of their subjects flew further than expected, the roaming charges temporarily shut down the project.

Via The New York Times:

Russian ornithologists tracking the migration routes of 13 endangered steppe eagles carrying SMS transmitters ran out of money when one of the birds, Min, drained the researchers’ phone credit for the project.

He suddenly sent hundreds of backlogged text messages at once as he flew from Kazakhstan, where rates are cheaper, to Iran, where they are more expensive, a researcher said.

The bird breeds in southern Russia and in Kazakhstan, but their yearly migration can take them as far as India, the Middle East and Africa.

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