U.F.'s unmanned aircraft
Published May 8th, 2014
Cedar Key, Florida -- Members of the University of Florida’s unmanned aircraft systems program have developed a method of determining bird nesting and doing it ways a manned program can't.
U-A-S research program coordinator Matthew Burgess says it's difficult for manned aircrafts to identify the same nest from flight to flight.
Biologists are looking out of the window of an airplane and taking notes on what they see with the current method.
Equipped with a digital camera and high quality g-p-s, u-a-s team members use a small unmanned plane to take pictures during the flight.
The idea is to capture photos of the nesting birds, look at them and get the information to other researchers so they can monitor wildlife zones and help out the environment.
Matthew Burgess, U.A.S. Research program coordinator: "We've been coming out here to look at nest turnover from them building the nest, through laying the eggs to the eggs hatching and when the birds finally leave the nest."
Burgess says they have been fortunate enough to receive funds from different agencies to keep the program running for the past 14 years.
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