Category: Conservation

UAVs for environmental protection

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Every year, billions of eggs are boiled, painted and hidden. Now the food industry raises concerns. According to latest figures, approximately 20 % of the hidden eggs are never found and go bad. A worldwide cooperation of environmental organizations, the food industry and ministries have ordered thousands of drones to use them with infrared cameras,…

TEKEVER UAS-based wildlife protection system for endangered species

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The TEKEVER Group (http://airray.tekever.com) is creating a UAS-based wildlife protection system to monitor endangered species and perform anti-poaching operations combining the usage of the AR3 Net Ray and AR4 Light Ray fixed wing UAS. “UAS can be of great service to protect wildlife. Many of the systems that are currently in use rely on GSM…

Agribotix Partnership With The Nature Conservancy Provides Drone-Enabled Aerial Survey, Imaging And Analytics

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Agribotix LLC is providing The Nature Conservancy with drones, image processing, data analytics and consulting to assist with aerial surveys for the organization’s conservation work. Agribotix provides complete drone-enabled agricultural intelligence solutions to farmers and agricultural service providers. While their core market is agriculture, their hardware and data processing technology is well suited for land…

Drones, Citizen Science, and El Niño Monitoring of California’s Coastline

On January 25, 2016, a state of emergency was declared in Pacifica, California, after king tides and storm surge pummeled the coastline. Many of the apartments in Pacifica are hanging off of soft sandstone cliffs and are in danger of falling off.  Photo taken January 26, 2016.

Eric Cheng I’m writing about an exciting citizen science project that fits strongly into the “Drones Are Good” message—an idea many of us in the drone industry share as widely as possible in order to highlight the great things that drones can do for the world. The Nature Conservancy’s “Phones and Drones” project gives casual volunteers the opportunity…

Warsaw University of Technology Mission in the Antarctic

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It only takes seven meters for them to lift up in the air and their main goal is to check the population of penguins in the Antarctic and to make an orthophotomap of the researched area. What we are talking about here are the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) constructed by a team from the Institute…

UAV Reveals Killer Whales in Striking Detail

Another image of I51 and her two offspring, this one taken in 2015. Comparing this image to the one taken the year before, one can see that the youngest calf (I144) has lost its gray mottling and grown considerably. It is now almost half the length of its mother and approaching the length of its older sibling (I129). These images show how scientists can track the growth of individual whales across time to monitor their health and condition. Taken under Fisheries and Oceans Canada research permit and Transport Canada flight authorization.

One of the populations of killer whales that spends part of the year around the San Juan Islands north of Seattle is called the Southern Resident killer whales, and they’re very endangered. There are only 81 of them left in the wild. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that 81 is five…

Siberian scientists design drone for extreme Arctic climate

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TASS/. Scientists of the Omsk State Technical University have created an unmanned aircraft for the work in the extreme conditions of the Arctic region, head of the university’s Experimental Design Bureau Small Unmanned Vehicles Pavel Pogarsky told TASS on Tuesday. “This is the third generation of UAVs, which can operate in temperatures ranging from minus…

UAS for animal distribution studies

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Seville, Spain, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC. A team led by the Doñana Biological Station, Spanish National Research Council (DBS, CSIC) has used Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS aka drones) to model the spatial distribution of free-ranging cattle in Doñana National Park, Spain. The coexistence of domestic cattle with wildlife species in protected areas has ecological consequences…

Camera catches drone scaring Wellington Point ospreys away from chick

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Ellen-Maree ElliotQuest Newspapers A DRONE that forced a pair or parent ospreys to leave their nest and their chick has been caught on camera. Wellington Point resident Paul Harper lives near osprey nest and caught the drone hovering near the nest — forcing the parents away from it and their baby. “It certainly caused some…

Sampling CO2 and methane over Ascension Island using UAVs

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A team of scientists and engineers have been able to sample methane and CO2 gases in the remote South Atlantic thanks to the redesign of an autonomous UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) octocopter. Researchers from the universities of Bristol and Birmingham, and Royal Holloway, University of London have recently returned from a second research trip to…