The World Outdoors: Researchers flock to drones

Male and female mallards scramble for bread thrown into the pond beside Storybook Gardens by visitors to Springbank Park this week. (BARBARA TAYLOR, The London Free Press)

Male and female mallards scramble for bread thrown into the pond beside Storybook Gardens by visitors to Springbank Park this week. (BARBARA TAYLOR, The London Free Press)

Drone technology has been applied in support of bird science for more than a decade now.

With the cost of this technology continuing to drop, the use of it is broadening across North America.

In the same way that retail, military, and hobby sectors have embraced drones, bird scientists have realized drones can be deployed to do some bird census work and gather data in remote or otherwise inaccessible locations.

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Newton Drone Owner Files Federal Lawsuit Against City

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NEWTON, MA – A Newton resident filed suit against the city this week, claiming a recently passed drone ordinance is trumped by federal law and violates his First, Fifth and 14th Amendment rights.

In the suit, first published by the Newton TAB, Michael Singer also alleges the ordinance violates his statutory rights of navigation and the Massachusetts Privacy Act. Singer filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

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Departing Obama Tearfully Shoos Away Loyal Drone Following Him Out Of White House

 

WASHINGTON—Stopping and turning around as he made his way across the South Lawn after hearing the unmanned aerial vehicle hovering just feet behind him, outgoing President Barack Obama tearfully shooed away a loyal MQ-9 Reaper drone attempting to follow him out of the White House, sources confirmed Friday. “Go on now—get out of here!” said the former commander-in-chief, his lower lip trembling and his eyes welling with tears as he affected a stern tone of voice in an attempt to scare off the faithful hunter-killer drone that had spent the past eight years obediently at his side. “You can’t come with me anymore, you got that? Can’t you see this is for your own good? Now scram. What are you waiting for? Go!” At press time, a heartbroken Obama had thrown a rock in the drone’s direction, causing the unmanned aerial vehicle to flee into the sky, where it paused to look back one last time at its old master before flying off toward a Yemeni tribal wedding

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Drone pilots to gather to learn the lay of the air

Robert Youens, right, owner of Camera Wings Aerial Photography, and pilot/project manager Joe Doran, with their DJI Inspire 2 drone at Butler Park in South Austin on Thursday.

Robert Youens said he wants other Central Texas drone operators to know the rules about flying so they don’t make mistakes like the one made by the owner of a drone that crashed into the Seattle Space Needle on New Year’s Eve.

Youens, the owner of an Austin drone photography business, and three other drone pilots are holding a free “Drone Education and Flight” conference Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Pavilion at Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., in Round Rock.

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