Dr Hulbert was the first scientist in the world to track semi-wild herbivores (Black face mountain sheep) with GPS collars in 1995. The only other work that used GPS collars at that time was a project in Canada tracking ;elk - also in 1995. From then Dr. Hulbert has developed a range of tracking products through his Norwegian Company GPS Collars AS.
Currently his equipment is involved in a range of projects tracking eagles and vultures across the Mongolian steppes, Arabian peninsula, oryx in Saudi Arabia, foxes in Australia, chamois in Austria and Bulgaria, reindeer in Norway and a range of projects across the USA and Canada tracking cattle, pigs and white tailed deer. He has been closely involved in a project to prevent the large scale deaths of reindeer associated with railway accidents in Norway.
In Scotland, Dr. Hulbert manages the following two GPS tracking projects.
The overarching objective of this project is to enhance the conservation status of Golden Eagles Aquila crysaetos in the North East of Scotland. The project studies the ecology of the golden eagle in North East Scotland, including the nesting success and movement patterns of individual birds, as well as helping to reduce potential human persecution of the birds. For five years, five juvenile golden eagles are being fitted with GPS tags to monitor their location as they travel across Scotland.
Duration: 1.5 days each week From Jan 2019 through to end 2026
The objective of this project is to understand the relationship between red kites Milvus milvus and wind farms in the North of Scotland and to enhance the conservation status of the red kite population. As for the Golden Eagle study, the project will study the ecology of the red kites in North Scotland, including the nesting success and movement patterns of individual birds, as well as helping to reduce potential human persecution of the birds.Each year for 6 years, eight juvenile red kites have been fitted with GPS tags to monitor their location as they travel across Scotland, into England and across to Norway and Ireland. This project is now continuing along with Stirling University PhD programme to analyse and interpret the data.
Duration: 1 day each week through to end 2025