Rangeland Wildlife and Ecosystems Program UF - IFAS - Range Cattle Research and Education Center
Extension Resources & Activities
Feral Swine Project
Coyote Cattle Project
UAV Aerial Imagery
Water Quality and Wetland Management on Rangeland
Food Plot Project
Dr. Raoul Boughton
Former Staff & Students
Using Drones to .....
We are using drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collect high resolution aerial imagery to extract landscape features for analyses on several projects.
We currently use a DJI Phantom 4 and the Map Pilot for DJI Application to
capture the aerial imagery during automated flights.
DJI Phantom 4 UAV used to collect aerial imagery.
Polygon and flight path for an autonomous flight created and flown using DJI Map Pilot Application.
Once images are collected we use an online service (MapsMadeEasy.com) to create a mosaic from the geo-referenced images.
Final mosaic images are then used to answer a variety of biological and ecological questions. Some of our current drone research projects are highlighted below.
Using Drones to Assess Feral Swine Damage
Using Drones to Assess the Effects of Fire Treatments
We will use these composite geo-referenced images to:
Monitor and measure gaps necessary for increased forage grasses produced by fire treatments in rangeland treatment plots.
Monitor size and repeat visitation of feral swine rooting and impacts in pastures and wetlands.
Monitor and measure canopy encroachment pre- and post-burning events.
Several images courtesy of Carlton Ward Jr., for more please visit his page at
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