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Drones, Volume 4, Issue 2 (June 2020) – 19 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Knowledge of temperature variation across animal habitats may help to predict demographic effects [...] Read more. Knowledge of temperature variation across animal habitats may help to predict demographic effects of climate change, identify breeding habitats, and guide habitat restoration efforts. We provide novel methods for studying the thermal landscape of a beach-nesting bird species by collecting thermal images from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). We used novel active thermal ground control points, which increased spatial accuracy by 12 m. Ground sampling distances were 25.10 cm, and thermal accuracy was less than 1 °C. We reduced disturbance to birds by flying on cloudless days and using sky-blue camouflage. This approach to collecting highly accurate thermal data for beach-nesting bird habitat while avoiding disturbance is a crucial step towards the continued monitoring and modeling of beach-nesting birds and their habitat. View this paper.