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Can Drones Help Our Bird Populations?

October 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm9:00 pm

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, oceanography and now, small UVS are 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.

Speaker: David Bird is an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology at McGill University in Montreal

Attend this seminar in person in our Visitor Center auditorium, or watch live online.


October 28, 2019
7:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Visitor Center
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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