Putting Cows with Zebras – Can Integrating Livestock with Wildlife Work?

With our recent move into our new offices within the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT) we are particularly interested in exploring how our drone tracking technology originally developed for use with wildlife and invasive species can also be applied in different contexts, such as within the livestock industry. We believe there is a growing need …

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Wildlife Drones Demos Across Australia

In December, we had the fantastic opportunity to travel from one end of the country to the other to demonstrate our system to very enthusiastic crowds.  First stop was in Hobart Tasmania where we were invited to present at a Drones for Wildlife Management workshop for the Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS) Conference.  A few …

3 Tips for Tracking Animals with Drones

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 …

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 …

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 …