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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 – […]
Given the strong international interest in Wildlife Drones we are currently expanding our team to meet the demand. If you have UAV Mechatronics Engineering experience and are interested in an internship with our dynamic team working on environmental projects click here to find out more and submit an application. Our new team member will be involved in the development of Robotic Operating System (ROS) code for target localisation and flight planning, as well as testing and maintenance of our next generation Wildlife Drone UAVs.