Low Impact Disturbance – Quality Observation

New technological advances in drones have made it possible to study landscapes, marine reserves, and animal populations in a way that wasn’t possible before. Implementing drones in wildlife conservation not only helps the observation efforts, it saves the lives of scientists as well. Before drones, studies were generally conducted via plane or helicopter, and the low altitudes required to observe conditions are often a safety hazard that can end in fatality.

When done carefully, drones can be more efficient than traditional approaches to wildlife monitoring and can provide more precise observational data. Not only are drone are a much safer way to observe, they offer additional benefits in precision and cost effectiveness. Using cameras and sensors, drones can help you get to hard to reach areas, and collect data more quickly. Over time, drones can gather footage, allowing for the results to be compared to yield useful trends in data. Some uses for drones wildlife management are:

  • Monitor larger areas easily
  • Enables quick and efficient monitoring of wildlife
  • Provide visual ID on the wildlife
  • Assistance of wildlife tagging efforts
  • Surveill animals at night
  • Game surveys and  detection of illegal hunting
  • Provide a GPS location
  • Offer a low noise impact
  • Can be equipped with cameras or thermal sensors
  • Spatial and temporal distributions

Environmental work can also benefit from drone implementation. As budget get smaller and force agencies to do more with less, the use of drones becomes more important in accomplishing goals. Some practical uses for drones in environmental management are:

  • Sewer line inspection
  • Powerline monitoring
  • Land and stream assessment
  • Pipeline monitoring
  • Environmental degradation
  • Forest and land survey
  • Pollution monitoring
  • Atmospheric studies
  • Government services
  • Traffic monitoring
  • Identifying invasive species
  • Forest Fire Management

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