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Robotic ecology: Tracking small dynamic animals with an autonomous aerial vehicle

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Understanding animal movements that underpin ecosystem processes is fundamental to ecology. Recent advances in animal tags have increased the ability to remotely locate larger species; however, this technology is not suitable for up to 70% of the world’s bird and mammal species.

The most widespread technique for tracking small animals is to manually locate low-power radio transmitters from the ground with handheld equipment. Despite this labor-intensive technique being used for decades, efforts to reduce or automate this process have had limited success.

Here, we present an approach for tracking small radio-tagged animals by using an autonomous and lightweight aerial robot. We pres…
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