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 […]

Mapping Invasive Plant Species Using Drones

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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 through competition for resources. Past attempts to map and monitor the presence of native and non-native vegetation on remote islands have been fraught with challenges. This is likely due to the high cost required to fly aircraft through these zones or to even generate high-quality […]

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. […]

What’s New in Eco-Tech?

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Earlier this month, Allan and colleagues published a paper in Ecosphere discussing the ground-breaking advancements happening in techno-ecology. Techno-ecology is the term used to describe technology that is being used to help study species and environments. In the midst of this century’s current technology boom, the field of ecology has and will continue to be transformed. It is anticipated that techno-ecology will revolutionise how we acquire data, as well as dramatically change the scale of data that can be collected. These new technologies fit into either one of the following categories: Supersize – the advancement of current technologies Step-change – […]

Wildlife Drones Meet X’s Project Wing

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We enjoyed meeting Alphabet’s inspiring X Project Wing team (formerly Google X), including members who were visiting from the US, to do some trials here in Canberra as they look to expand their drone delivery service area. They have been successfully undertaking drone deliveries in nearby Royalla and are now preparing for deliveries within suburban areas. This is now possible given they have built multiple levels of redundancy into their drones to ensure safe manoeuvring within cluttered environments. It was inspiring to hear about the ground-breaking development work they are doing with regulators and the broader aviation community for an […]

It’s time for Lift-Off @ E29

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We’re looking forward to pitching at next week’s Entry 29 Co-working space pitch night! Canberra’s up and coming Startup Businesses have completed Entry 29’s Lift Off Program and it’s time to pitch! Join special guests Craig Davis, Victor Pantano, Peter Lilleyand Tom Robinson for this great event where attendees (our Venture Capitalists) will vote on their favourite pitch of the night, with the winning team receiving some amazing prizes. Each team gets 5 minutes to convince you, our VC’s, that their business is the one to invest in. Light catering and refreshments included. Ticket’s are limited so be sure to lock yours in today! So […]

Wildlife Drones EOIs now open

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We are pleased to announce that we are now taking Expressions of Interest for undertaking animal radio-tracking projects with Wildlife Drones in 2018 – book in early to avoid disappointment.  So whether you are tracking pest species, endangered species or stock, we’d love to hear from you. Simply click here to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Photo: ©shutterstock_MSchaefer