WDFW scientists going to great heights to collect scientific data

Three people standing near a truck photographed by a drone
Jane Atha, George Fornes, and Hannah Faulkner as the drone heads out to collect images of Yellowjacket Creek

A bird’s eye view on moose

Benefits of drones for wildlife research

Observing changes to the landscape over time

Woman standing near river with a remote control to pilot a drone that is on the grass nearby
Jane Atha

Adapting to new technology

The sky is the limit

Jane Atha and Hannah Faulkner using a drone to collect data at Leque Island

*WDFW Policy states that:

  • When appropriate, the department may use UAS to monitor and manage Washington’s natural resources and agency infrastructure.
  • Executive management approval is required.
  • Compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and requirements is compulsory.
  • When using UAS, the department will respect the right to privacy.
  • When using UAS, operators will minimize impacts to fish and wildlife.
  • The department will minimize the collection of data unrelated to the specific project involving UAS use, including minimizing the collection of personal information.
  • The department will develop and follow a project plan.
  • The department will provide information about UAS to the public through its website and other communication channels.
  • The department will assess public outreach needs prior to conducting proposed projects using UAS.
  • When using UAS, the department will maintain records related to each project and flight.
  • When using UAS, the department may collaborate with partners.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.

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