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Monday, July 18, 2022

Drones Scaring Birds

Makes sense, fairly obvious .... Effective?

Drones Could Scare Birds Off Agricultural Fields

Washington State University, Scott Weybright, June 1, 2022

An autonomous system developed by Washington State University (WSU) researchers can patrol agricultural fields around the clock to drive away birds that feed on the crops. The system uses cameras to detect the presence of birds, and automatically deploys drones to scare them off. Tests showed the drones' motion and whirring noises were sufficient to get the birds to depart, but WSU's Manoj Karkee observed, "We could make drones look like predators, or have reflective propellers that are really shiny. All of these working together would likely keep birds away from those vineyards and fields." ... 

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