From baby bears to migrating whales – the need to minimise the impact of drones on wildlife

As an ecologist and a drone pilot I was horrified by the recent viral video clearly showing a distressed mother bear and her cub while attempting to escape from an invasive drone.  This irresponsible use of a drone created an incredibly dangerous situation on a snow cliff that resulted in the baby bear risking serious …

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Out and About with Wildlife Drones: Laura in Japan

Last month, our science communication intern, Laura, went on a trip to Japan to study geological hazards. Read on to hear about what she got up to...   In early September, I went to Japan for a Science Communication fieldtrip with the University of Tokyo’s Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI). The focus of the …

Proposed Changes to Australian Drone Laws

CASA is seeking public feedback on planned changes to drone laws in Australia. While these reforms may increase the cost of drone usage for certain users, they aim to provide greater operational flexibility to experienced drone operators and improve safety for all remote pilot license (RePL) holders through test standards and regulation. Recreational drone users …

Opening Doors to Wildlife Corridors

Animal movement studies play a key role in understanding how different species interact with their environment. They are also instrumental for identifying key wildlife corridors that are in need protection. An example of this is a study conducted by researchers from Elephants Without Borders (EWB).  They tracked the movements of 120 elephants in southern Africa …

Wildlife Drones successfully track Swift Parrot flocks

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 …

Ag-Tech Launch @ ANU

On the 24th of August, Wildlife Drones joined members from the Australian National University (ANU), CSIRO, and other Ag-Tech entrepreneurs to celebrate the launch of the new Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT). The Centre intends on supporting the research and development of technologies that will advance the future of farming. CEAT is located in the heart …

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 …