The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is using remote-controlled drones to monitor nests of endangered species
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Drones are everywhere, it seems, even in national parks. But while the FAA decides that fate of drone delivery and whether drones can be used by news organizations, drones are being used for a completely different purpose: birdwatching.
The Guardian reports that, in the U.K., the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is using remote-controlled drones to monitor nests of rare birds.
From the Guardian:
“In the case of a marsh harrier, we might want to use it to check on the state of a nest without traipsing in," Butcher said. "We don't like to put cameras close to nests until the eggs have hatched, because the birds can be prone to deserting the nest.
"But with the drone you can scoot it round to confirm the state of the nest. The alternative is having eight or ten people trampling through a reed bed in knee-high waders causing a lot of disturbance."