When It Comes to Counting Wildlife, Drones Are More Accurate Than People | Science

Technology could be a conservation gamechanger, but we need to interrogate its impact on wildlife

Lee Vella’s insight:
In a effort to calculate how accurate drones are for counting wildlife, ecologists created a replica seabird colony. They used both traditional methods of using telescopes and binoculars, and aerial photography with drones. As it turns out, the drone approach was more precise and accurate. The drones were between 43 and 96 percent more accurate than ground counts.

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