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An Application of Digital Video Recording and Off-grid Technology to Burrowing Owl Conservation Research

Description: Through this research, engineering students and conservation biologists constructed an off-grid video system for observing western burrowing owls in El Paso, Texas. The burrowing owl has a declining population and their range decreasing, driving scientists' interest to see inside the den for observing critical nesting behavior. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists wanted videos from inside the dark, isolated hillside owl burrows. This research yielded a replicable multi-camera prototype, empowering others to explore applications of engineering and wildlife monitoring. The remote station used an off-the-shelf video recording system, solar panels, charge controller, and lead acid batteries. Four local K-12 science educators participated in system testing at Lake Ray Roberts State Park through the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET, NSF #1132585) program, as well as four undergraduate engineering students as senior design research.
Date: August 2014
Creator: Williams, Jennifer M.

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: El Paso

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from El Paso Texas from the years 1881 to 1921. Titles included in this dataset include: El Paso Daily Herald, El Paso Daily Times, El Paso Herald, El Paso International Daily Times, El Paso Morning Times, El Paso Sunday Times, El Paso Times, The El Paso Daily Times, and The El Paso Time. In all there are 17,104 issues comprised of 177,640 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward