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Drones Reforesting Burned Land Could be Game Changer

While drones are coming of age in firefighting, they are also establishing a foothold in restoring fire-scorched forests. Firefighting drones grabbed the spotlight in April as viewers around the world watched Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris go up in flames. It has stood for over 850 years, through wars, natural disasters, and everything in between, including the fire. At first,…

“SnotBot” Drone Tracks Whale Health Flying Over Blowholes

It’s a beautiful morning on the waters of Alaska’s Peril Strait—clear, calm, silent, and just a little cool. A small but seaworthy research vessel glides through gentle swells. Suddenly, in the distance, a humpback whale the size of a school bus explodes out of the water. Enormous bursts of air and water jet out of its blowholes like a fire hose,…

Counting Threatened Mammals with Drones

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…

Are Killer Whales Eating Enough? Drones Know!

Scientists at the University of British Columbia are getting a rare glimpse into the underwater behaviour of northern and southern resident killer whales off the B.C. coast with the help of aerial drones. The unique footage, filmed in collaboration with the Hakai Institute, will help researchers determine if endangered southern residents are getting enough of their preferred prey, Chinook salmon, to…

New Drone Method Helps Scientists Track Vulnerable Populations

Weighing a whale is, as you’d expect, pretty tricky. They’re big, they’re bulky, and they don’t stay still. But that may soon change. Scientists have developed a new way to calculate a whale’s weight, using images captured by drones, according to a report published today in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The images are input into a computer…

Drones Herding Rhinos Away From Poachers

Poaching has been a huge risk and the downfall of rhinos as a well represented species. Drone technology is being tested in national reserve parks to increase conservation efforts. Scientists are trying drones in conjunction with noises and smells to keep rhinos away from areas where poaching is likely. While we primarily use drones for commercial purposes such as building…

Scientists Use Drones to Stop Ravens from Killing Tortoises

The population of the common raven is growing in the West, expanding into territories where they have never been seen in such large numbers. This expansion has come at the expense of several threatened species, including the desert tortoise, whose soft-shelled hatchlings and juveniles have been harvested by the ravens. Tortoises up to 10 years old are susceptible, because their…