US wildlife reserve in Arkansas, has a new friend that scans the skies for this elusive bird. The last confirmed sighting of an ivory-billed woodpecker was in 1944. This robotic system hopes to change that, it uses two video cameras to capture continuous images of the sky that are scrutinised for evidence of bird life by sophisticated software.
The digital cameras point towards the sky, continuously capturing two-megapixel images. dvanced algorithms analyse each frame, discarding the images it believes does not contain an image of a bird and saving those that it thinks does.
The wetland and forest region of the lower Mississippi river valley is 62,000 acres (250 sq km) and human searches can be tricky as well as distracting for the birds. Robotonics make field biology much easier. At the moment falling leaves or other flying objects like helicopters can confuse the system but numerous birds have also been captured on camera.