Category: Conservation

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…

Cold Spot – Using a drone to count grey seals in Canada

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When Duke University researchers wanted to try counting seals with a drone, they headed to Canada with two senseFly eBees and several types of camera. The project’s results confirmed how UAV technology can help save time and money, highlighting in particular the promise of thermal imaging David Johnston is an Assistant Professor at Duke University’s…

Two drone pilots ticketed for ‘Orca Protection Violations’

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By Amy Clancy Two men, including one from Mercer Island, have been issued tickets by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for violating a protected species by allegedly flying their drones too close to orca whales. According to Fish and Wildlife officers, the drone piloted by Douglas Shih of Mercer Island and the drone piloted…

Drone flights overhead cause stress for black bears, study says

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By Lisa Johnson, CBC News Drones operated by researchers may have unintended consequences for wildlife, warns the lead author of a new study showing the buzzing of unmanned aerial vehicles overhead can leave black bears stressed, with racing hearts. Researchers flew drones about 20 metres above black bears that were wearing GPS collars and cardiac monitors to measure what effects the unfamiliar noise had on the bears.…

Atlantic Coast Conservancy first land trust to nab FAA approval for conservation-related drone use

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Kelli Dugan With a little legal help from Mobile’s own Hand Arendall LLC, the Atlantic Coast Conservancy Inc. became on May 11 the first nonprofit land trust to obtain Federal Aviation Administration approval for drone use to aid conservation operations. Hand Arendall’s Neil Johnston and Carolyne Jones represented the Jasper, Ga.-based conservancy in its petition for FAA approval…