Discovering Rare Plants in Hawaii

Plant conservationists have discovered new populations of a species of plantain (Plantago princeps var. anomola) known locally as the Laukahi. The discovery was made during an aerial survey of the National Tropical Botanic Garden nature reserve, Limahuli, Hawaii, using an SUAV. The plant is listed as Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List. Here is a short video.

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Grey Heron Survey

Here is an interesting example of a project using a small SUAV to survey grey heron nests in the UK. Interestingly, this doesn’t appear to disturb the birds. This seems partly due to how close the drone gets and partly due to the use of a DJI Mavic Pro, which is quite a small, relatively quiet machine.

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