WSU Study Shows Drones Aid in Counting Salmon Redds #drone #droneday
WSU researchers have found drones can help struggling salmon populations based on their collaborative study with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife of the Wenatchee River during the September – November 2020 Chinook spawning season:
In addition to a one-time count, researchers can use drone images to look at changes in habitat over time, including mitigations humans put in place to help salmon, which range from planting shrubs to removing whole dams.
“These technologies will give us more data to really find out if what we’re doing is working,” said Alex Fremier, study co-author and an associate professor in the WSU School of the Environment. “A drone provides a bird’s eye view and high-resolution images. Because we can get so much information from these images, we could be more cost effective and help determine if a restoration project helped build salmon habitat.”
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