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Drones count wildlife more accurately and precisely than humans


Hodgson, JC and Mott, R and Baylis, SM and Pham, TT and Wotherspoon, S and Kilpatrick, AD and Raja Segaran, R and Reid, I and Terauds, A and Koh, LP, Drones count wildlife more accurately and precisely than humans, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9, (5) pp. 1160-1167. ISSN 2041-210X (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12974


Human activities are creating environmental conditions that pose threats and present opportunities for wildlife. In turn, this creates challenges for conservation managers. Some species have benefited from anthropogenic actions. For example, many invasive species profit from human‐assisted dispersal (Banks, Paini, Bayliss, & Hodda, 2015; Hulme, 2009), and mesopredators may thrive following human‐driven loss of top predators (Ritchie & Johnson, 2009). However, in many cases, wildlife populations are undergoing alarming declines, and extinction rates are now as high as 100‐fold greater than the background extinction rate (Ceballos et al., 2015). Ecological monitoring is essential for understanding these population dynamics, and rigorous monitoring facilitates informed management. The effectiveness of management decision‐making is often dependent on the accuracy and timeliness of the relevant ecological data upon which decisions are based, meaning that improvements to data collection methods may herald improved ecological outcomes from management actions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bird, drones, ecology, population monitoring, remotely piloted aircraft, surveys, unmanned aerial vehicle, wildlife
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agricultural biotechnology
Research Field:Agricultural biotechnology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Wotherspoon, S (Dr Simon Wotherspoon)
ID Code:131777
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:179
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2019-04-04
Last Modified:2019-05-02
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