‘Drones For Ducks’ Federal Grants Fund Research To Use AI To Count Birds

  • How should researchers measure the populations of migratory birds? Researchers developed an idea around a campfire that was put to the test for the first time in Bosque Del Apache earlier this month, according to the University of New Mexico.
  • Each winter, wildlife managers must count migratory waterfowl as they fly down into refuges. However, this is a difficult task that involves scaring birds into the air by flying past them in airplanes.
  • Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior, researchers at the University of New Mexico are working to make a machine-learning model prototype to count the birds using pictures taken by drones in a project called Drones for Ducks.