Citizen Science: Sage Grouse Update

WC’s readers may recall that Mrs. WC signed up to participate in a Greater Sage Grouse survey earlier this spring. The idea was to have ground observers count the birds while an aircraft-based infrared camera conducted an aerial census. If the infrared technology proved reliable, the difficult task of counting Greater Sage Grouse would be made a little easier.

The final report isn’t out yet, but the lead scientist on the study has posted some video footage from the aerial survey that’s a lot of fun. There’s an extended discussion of the IRIS technology, basically a sales brochure, but the sage grouse bits are pretty cool.

WC will share the final report when it is available. But the technology looks pretty impressive, if a little concerning when used outside of wildlife research.