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Amazon wants to use them to deliver you packages, but for a wildlife conservation organization, drones (also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - UAVs) are a great new tool for getting a better picture of some pretty remote places.
In the past, if we wanted to get a sense of the habitat found over a large area, we might have used satellite imagery. We still do use such imagery, but satellites have some limitations. For example, a satellite may only pass over an area once every two weeks.
UAVs offers us the ability to zoom in at a much lower cost than helicopter surveys and can provide richer detail on habitat conditions or wildlife presence than satellites. Take a look at how WCS Canada is using this cutting edge technology in an illustrated blog put together by our Geomatics Specialist Tyler de Jong: https://arcg.is/qCDj1
Photograph by: Tyler de Jong
Photo credits: Banner | Lila Tauzer © WCS Canada