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Can Drones Help Our Bird Populations?

Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Auditorium 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY

Small unmanned vehicle systems (UVS), sometimes referred to as “drones” and formerly exclusive to militaries, are rapidly advancing in sophistication and availability to civilians. Ranging from hand-launched autonomous airplanes to terrestrial robots to underwater machines, they are increasingly being employed in such areas as agriculture, emergency services, meteorology, and oceanography. Small UVS are now being used in the field of bird research and management, for example, conducting population surveys, tracking radio-tagged birds, sensing and observing birds in inaccessible or dangerous places, mapping and monitoring bird habitats, and deterring nuisance bird species. Join Dr. David M. Bird as he explores these applications of UVS for research, management, and conservation in the world of birds.

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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David Bird, Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology

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McGill University

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