If you’re wondering why there was such a lag between posts for the last couple of weeks it’s because we’ve hit the second “wave” of females going into estrus over here in Bi Feng Xia. One of the females that went into estrous right before Nate and my whirlwind visit to Hong Kong to renew our visas (yes we SHOULD have work visas but communication break down during prep for China and we ended up having to get regular old tourist visas). Continue reading
I just had to do Lu Lu this week because he’s been such a good breeder these last two weeks. He is by far the longest intromissions I’ve seen (he held on to Xi Mei for 12.5 minutes! The longest I’ve ever seen is 30 and I think 2 minutes or so is about average). As part of our reproductive study we’ll be evaluating whether the length of intromission reflects on how successful the mating was. Continue reading
Hurray for me!! We finally got the panda cameras installed and working (with quite a bit of technical support from Rob Cleminson at VideoSurveillance.com). I really cannot say too many wonderful things about their team! Even in China they were emailing me at 10pm their time to answer questions about my system. Talk about great costumer service!
The major problems I faced:
- I’m not a computer networker and . . .
- I’m not a computer networker
No, actually, the first major hurtle was getting the electrical setup in the breeding area which meant that I had to arrange a dinner with all the managers (nothing major gets done without discussing it over dinner first here in China). The dinner went off smoothly with everyone enjoying themselves, which meant that we were allowed to set up electrical the next day . . . or as it turned out the next couple of days. Finally, we had electrical running to the routers and cameras.
Then came the actual setup which included lots of CAT5 wiring and making connectors on my part. Thanks to Matthew Maderios from Comcast cable for the donation of the CAT5 and the CAT5 heads. Continue reading
What a wonderful way to start off the new year: non-profit status and a camera system donation from videosurveillance.com.
Their team is based locally in Portland, OR and offers a wealth of expertise in the latest IP video and security technology with more than 50 years of video surveillance experience. Plus, they offer complimentary consulting and custom system design. Their video surveillance experts worked closely with us to determine the best solution for our research requirements (there were quite a few limitations with the panda pens) and were so helpful the whole way through. I can honestly say that Rob Cleminson, the sales manager, got back to us within two hours every time we had a question.
Through their support and donation we ended up getting higher quality cameras for our research than we could have afforded by ourselves on our limited budget. We went with Vivotek IP7330 IP Cameras and can’t wait to see how they work for us in China.
We’re even hoping to get the CCRCGP to approve live streaming during some of the introductions! Stay tuned!
Make sure to support videosurveillance.com if you need anything in the camera department and tell them that you heard about them through PDXWildlife!