In collaboration with Autonomous Flight Technologies, I’m working to develop a method to use drones to GPS track snakes. Well, more precisely, to transfer data collected by a GPS transceiver on/in the snake. This work is far from complete, but when fully developed it will greatly reduce the amount of time spent by in the field by researchers, while also increasing the amount of data gathered.
The basic idea is this – a drone carries a transceiver that can communicate with the snake’s GPS. The drone flies over the home range of the snake in a systematic way until the two transceivers connect, at which point the data uploads to the device on the drone!