Mapping Invasive Plant Species Using Drones

Due to their isolation from mainland civilisation, tropical islands have grown to become rich in biodiversity. However, this isolation has made them particularly vulnerable to the ever-changing world we live in today. One major issue that these islands are facing is the presence of invasive plant species that are threatening the existence of native populations …

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Searching for the Elusive Swift Parrot

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 …

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

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 …

Wildlife Drones tracking small, endangered migratory birds

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 …

Combining Drone and GPS Data for Improved Wildlife Conservation

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 …

First Wednesday Connects

We enjoyed the challenge of giving a 60 second pitch in front of hundreds of people at the Canberra Innovation Network's monthly First Wednesday Connect networking event held at the new  ACT Renewables Innovation Hub. It was a great night that included an opening by Shane Rattenbury MLA and the opportunity to meet lots of diverse and interesting people within …