I have started a little project that in my nativity I thought would be a simple project to complete.
Let me give you a quick rundown of what why and how.
99.9% of the world’s Asian Vulture population has been wiped out mostly by accident over the last 10 to 15years. I am involved with helping the captive breeding projects that are trying to save the Vultures. We are captive breeding to release Vultures not just back into India and the worse effected areas but also into Europe where there has been other problems that have led to the demise of these very important species. We also work on many other species such as Eagles, Owls, Kites and in fact almost all other birds of prey need some help.
In this modern era everyone seems to think we know everything about everything, but as many of you know this just isn’t true. One of the problems of incubating eggs of Birds of Prey is that we just don’t have the data of what happens under the birds when they are sitting on the eggs. Chicken yes Birds of prey no.
What I am trying to do is create an egg to monitor that happens to the eggs under the brooding birds. What I need this egg to do is basically what a 10DOF would give out plus I need to add an array of DS18b20 to the surface of the egg to measure the temperature gradient across the surface of the egg. I need this to transmit the data wirelessly and the batteries need to last 70 days. I would also like to data logged internally so that if data is lost via wireless the data can be recovered at the end. The live data needs to end up in a database but a graphical representation in real time or play back would be good (sorry just throwing it all in)
Now due to size constraints I have bought Microduino boards that seem to work (test scripts) but what I have realised is that I am fighting a fight here that I’m not sure by myself I will ever win. I'm open to suggestions on hardware as there maybe better out there that I haven't seen.
If you are willing to help someone who is trying anything and everything to help the Vultures and other species I would love to hear from you. If you don't care about the vultures but think you could help I would equally love to hear from you as well
PS I forgot I need to measure humidity as well :)