Track a kākāpō? New Zealand’s precious parrot under drone eye

Conservationists can now pinpoint electronically tagged endangered birds without long treks or expensive helicopter flights

Birdwatching drones are taking to the skies of New Zealand to help scientists track the endangered kākāpō, which teeters on the brink of extinction.

A few hundred years ago they were one of New Zealand’s most common birds before being hunted, killed by introduced pests and losing their forest homes to farming. Now there are only 211 adult birds left.

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Conservationists can now pinpoint electronically tagged endangered birds without long treks or expensive helicopter flights Birdwatching drones are taking to the skies of New Zealand to help scientists track the endangered kākāpō, which teeters on the brink of extinction.A few hundred years ago they were one of New Zealand’s most common birds before being hunted, killed by introduced pests and losing their forest homes to farming. Now there are only 211 adult birds left. Continue reading…

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