What makes tracking animals so difficult? We hear what you had to say

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Does the following scenario sound familiar to you?  After months of preparation, you’ve finally tagged and released your animals into the wild in the hope of learning more about this species. To monitor their movements, you painstakingly follow the radio-signals of each tagged animal every day. But as time passes and the animals continue to disperse, the faint “ping” of a radio-signal becomes harder and harder to detect. Frustrated, you conclude that you’ve lost your animals. So get more people out searching, you travel further and further afield and you even sometimes call in aircraft or helicopters to see if […]

Tracking Pangolins in Vietnam

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In a world first, Wildlife Drones have been working with Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) to track the movements of critically endangered Sunda Pangolins in Vietnam from the air. Often mistaken as reptiles, pangolins are actually one of the only known mammals to be covered in large, protective scales. While their scales serve to protect them from predators in the wild, they are also what makes them prized by poachers.  In fact, Pangolins are considered to be one of the world’s most trafficked mammals. In the fight against the illegal wildlife trade, our partners at SVW have worked tirelessly to rescue […]

AWMS2019: Improving wildlife management in remote places with technology

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When you work with wildlife, you are bound to end up in some pretty remote places. From desolate islands to dense jungles, our customers have already taken our technology into areas where few have been. For us, the prospect of our technology being used to improve fieldwork in remote landscapes has been an exciting one. Drones have already proven to be an effective tool for rapidly surveying large areas and for locating multiple animals. Last week, we attended the Australasian Wildlife Management Society’s (AWMS) conference up in Darwin to learn more about wildlife management in remote landscapes and how technology […]

3 Tips for Tracking Animals with Drones

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Drones have enabled us to gain so many unique insights into the lives and habitats of various species, and now there is even greater scope to combine different sensors, such as thermal and multispectral cameras together with radio-tracking receivers for unprecedented fine scale data collection on individuals and their habitats. Radio-tracking animals with drones involves the use of the latest innovative technology, including a unique combination of hardware and software. Unlike most other drone applications using visual sensors to observe and study a range of wildlife species, our system enables drones to listen for radio tag signals.  That is, Wildlife […]

Wildlife Drones successfully track Swift Parrot flocks

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We’re super excited that we recently managed to find 60 swift parrots on Bush Heritage Australia’s Tarcutta Hills Reserve which is the largest flock ever recorded on the reserve.  We also managed to radio-tag and track these fascinating birds despite their habit of feeding on nectar in the tops of very tall trees, as reported on ABC news today. Over the past month our cutting edge technology has enabled us to track the movements of multiple birds at the same time within the grand old growth white box and mugga ironbark woodland.  Importantly our tracking has resulted in new foraging and roosting […]

Searching for the Elusive Swift Parrot

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I love this time of the year, when the air is crisp and the buds on the winter flowering gum trees finally spring open and start dripping with nectar.  It also signals the start of the Swift Parrot winter migration season.  This is when the grassy woodlands and box ironbark forests of the Riverina region are at their very best, filled with honeyeaters galore that have travelled vast distances to feed on this energy rich nectar at a time when there is generally not much food around.  The forest canopy shakes with the movement of small birds flitting from tree […]

Machine Vision and Drone Radio-tracking the Future for Livestock Management?

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The management of livestock is rapidly evolving with the onset of new technological developments. A paper published in Livestock Science by Nasirahmadi and colleagues reviewed the use of machine vision for observing the behaviour of cattle and pigs, and revolutionising how the health and well-being of animals can be monitored. Through the use of machine vision, the challenges associated with the more traditional “hands-on” approaches to monitoring livestock are virtually eliminated. According to the authors of this paper, machine vision techniques allow for automatic, non-contact, low stress, and cost-effective means for managing livestock. For instance, the live weight of individual […]

Wildlife Drones tracking small, endangered migratory birds

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We’re excited to be joining forces with the Riverina Local Land Services again to shed new light on the movements of small, migratory Swift Parrots within their winter range.  The Swift Parrot is one of Australia’s priority bird species for conservation action and is listed as critically endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. A recovery program for this species has been running for many years providing important insights into the species’ breeding biology and winter habitat requirements, however almost nothing is known about the species’ dynamic movements. Part of the problem is Australia’s highly […]

Combining Drone and GPS Data for Improved Wildlife Conservation

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Drones are dramatically changing how we identify and resolve conservation issues in even the most remote areas.  A great example of the value of drones for assisting conservation efforts is highlighted by a study of proboscis monkeys in the forests of Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, as published by Stark and colleagues in Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. The study focused on monitoring human activity in these forests and how they impacted the movements of these cryptic monkeys. Proboscis monkeys typically occupy the riparian zone, which is the land that occurs alongside rivers and streams. […]