The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is one of the most effective wildlife conservation organizations in the USA. With 235,000 members, the RMEF manages elk habitats and monitors populations to ensure elk health and longevity. Top RMEF biologist and Pennsylvania Game Commission member Jeremy Banfield has been using Pulsar’s vauntedHelion 2 XP50 (PL77402) to assist in his work with excellent results.
According to Banfield, “The Helion 2 XP50 helped us locate and distinguish newborn elk calves, in a heavily forested landscape, as part of our calf survival research project.” Equally useful during day or night, the XP50’s 640×480 AMOLED display enables Banfield to observe elk at different times of day. In his words, “At night, the images were clear enough to distinguish elk from deer and to pick out small newborn calves.” Boasting a 2,000-yard detection range, 2.5-20x magnification, 8 color palettes and a rechargeable IPS7 battery, the XP50’s greatest benefit may be its ability to conserve our most precious resource—time. Banfield states, “You can carefully scan a hillside looking for a newborn elk calf with the Helion XP50 in less than 60 seconds, where it may take you 60 minutes to search it on foot.”
Banfield is confident the Helion XP50 will continue to outperform his expectations. He says, “We’ll definitely use the Helion XP50 for the next few years as we continue to research calf survival and I’m sure over time we’ll find other uses as well.”
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