The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) -WildDrone

We are in the middle of a biodiversity crisis, and the consequences may very well be unmanageable. Now, a group of universities and organizations have launched the interdisciplinary research network WildDrone to find out how autonomous drones can be used for wildlife conservation. It will revolutionize the way we do wildlife conservation. Nothing less.   At least, that is the ambition behind the new large-scale research … Continue reading The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) -WildDrone

SWIOFISH – South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance and Shared Growth Program

Illegal fishery is a massive and growing economic and ecological problem world wide and particular in the Tanzanian exclusive economic zone (EEZ), rich on valuable fish such as tuna. Estimation on economical damage in the region are up to 3Billion USD annually. The ecological damage is even beyond as the uncontrolled fishing leads to overfishing and fishing in critical times impacting the and damaging the fish population in the region. … Continue reading SWIOFISH – South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance and Shared Growth Program

Challenge One of the World’s Greatest Aircraft Designers to Help Save Snow Leopards

For more than a decade, Kashmir World Foundation (KwF) has been operating aircraftaround the world protecting endangered cats, rhinos, sea turtles, and many otherspecies. We integrate airframes with power and propulsion systems to carry sensors,high-performance computers, and special components needed to perform our missions. Operating on battery or liquid fuel, our aircraft meet most of our mission needs. But the mission that drove us to … Continue reading Challenge One of the World’s Greatest Aircraft Designers to Help Save Snow Leopards

Smart Safe Keeping: Blending Artificial Intelligence with Sea Turtle Conservation

Author Stephen Taglieri, KwF Conservation Research Intern More and more, drones are becoming a normal part of our future. “When we firstintroduced the integration of computer science with aerospace engineering to create self aware drones it seemed like an alien concept, but over the last couple of years A.I. has advanced exponentially while drone development has expanded to many conservation studies,” says Princess Aliyah Pandolfi, … Continue reading Smart Safe Keeping: Blending Artificial Intelligence with Sea Turtle Conservation

UAS Students Gain Hands-on Experience Working on Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Melanie Azam  Embry-Riddle student Andres Larrota was disappointed when his study-abroad trip was cancelled, due to the current coronavirus pandemic. He had hoped to apply his classroom knowledge of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to document cultural sites in the Balkan Peninsula. While he missed the opportunity to travel overseas, Larrota found a meaningful way to use the UAS technology he is studying — closer to … Continue reading UAS Students Gain Hands-on Experience Working on Sea Turtle Conservation Project

FAA Approves Rare Permit to Replant After Wildfires

Wildfire restoration got a huge boost in both safety and speed thanks to a recent FAA approval for Seattle-based DroneSeed. The privately held startup obtained an additional amendment to its already unprecedented FAA Part 333 exemption that enables them to operate their seed-planting drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in forested and post-fire areas.  This means the company can operate beyond a pilot’s view – a … Continue reading FAA Approves Rare Permit to Replant After Wildfires

Counting threatened mammals with drones

Investment in thermal imaging and drone technology is improving the monitoring of reintroduced mammals on AWC’s Faure Island Wildlife Sanctuary, a feral-free haven off the coast of Western Australia. Part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Faure Island Wildlife Sanctuary is completely free of feral herbivores and predators, and home to critically important populations of Burrowing Bettong (Bettongia lesueur), Banded Hare-wallaby (Lagostrophus fasciatus), Western … Continue reading Counting threatened mammals with drones

First-of-Their-Kind Drone Swarms to Restore Oregon Rangelands

Seattle-based DroneSeed and The Nature Conservancy Oregon have signed a contract to utilize drone swarms to restore rangelands affected by invasive species and re-seed native plants, which is vital to conservation of the ecosystem and imperiled species, like the sage-grouse. The contract with DroneSeed provides The Nature Conservancy access to drone swarm technology designed to scale to plant and protect significant acreage while planting in precision areas to … Continue reading First-of-Their-Kind Drone Swarms to Restore Oregon Rangelands

Seal count conducted by drone on the Farne Islands.

By James Willoughby A drone has been used for the first time to successfully help count a colony of Atlantic grey seal pups, which have reached record high numbers. Ritchie Southerton, of Ritchie Southerton Photography, turned to UAV specialist Heliguy to purchase a DJI Phantom 4 Pro for the important job on the Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast. The count took place during November and the recently-published results make for … Continue reading Seal count conducted by drone on the Farne Islands.

Sky high science helps endangered sea lions

A quest to count vulnerable Australian sea lion pups using a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in the Great Australian Bight Commonwealth Marine Reserve has produced the most precise population survey to date. The trial RPA-based monitoring technique funded through the Australian Government and involving RPA consultancy Global Unmanned Systems and local Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula staff has meant researchers are able to visually access and … Continue reading Sky high science helps endangered sea lions