Copperhead Environmental Consulting x Indiana Bats


Wildlife Drones has been working with Copperhead Environmental Consulting to track federally endangered Indiana Bats.

Weighing on average just seven grams, these microbats can only be tracked with a tiny VHF radio transmitter (approximately 0.2g). However due to their agile nature, tracking them on foot through vast and steep terrain as they migrate across the country is a near impossible task.

As a result, Copperhead previously had to take to the skies manually radio-tracking from their Cessna 172 fixed-wing aircraft. Yet despite being able to cover vast areas, radio-tracking each bat one at a time still proved to be a difficult challenge.

That’s why Wildlife Drones’ solution was so exciting to the Copperhead team. Up until now, Wildlife Drones had only been used on drones. But for the first time, Copperhead have used our technology from a fixed-wing aircraft.

This new found technology has been a gamechanger for them. Not only have they saved time and effort by tracking up to 40 tagged bats simultaneously, but receiving real-time locations have also proven useful for informing their team on the ground on where to find them

Using Wildlife Drones, we’re able to search for all our bats at the same time which dramatically cuts down our total flight time and expenses.

Will Seiter
Biologist, Copperhead Environmental Consulting

Will Seiter and the Copperhead team in their Cessna 172
An Indiana Bat fitted with a VHF transmitter
The VHF antenna is attached to the outside of the plane as it is flown
Tracked multiple animals
Overcame tricky terrain
Advanced research capabilities

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