Monitoring birds by drone

15 Feb 2017 Science Daily  full story here

Forget delivering packages or taking aerial photographs — drones can even count small birds. A new study tests this new approach to wildlife monitoring and concludes that despite some drawbacks, the method has the potential to become an important tool for ecologists and land managers….

Andrew M. Wilson, Janine Barr, and Megan Zagorski. The feasibility of counting songbirds using unmanned aerial vehicles. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, February 2017 DOI: 10.1642/AUK-16-216.1