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Reserve staff are incorporating UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) in their research and stewardship efforts. This video was shot by our new equipment during testing on Sand Hill, which is one of the highest points in Collier County at about 22 feet above sea level! It is an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era. This site was chosen to test the drone's effectiveness and manueverability in high winds. This equipment will improve our ability to safely and accurately map habitats, and also digitize the effects of prescribed burns, as opposed to taking photos from an airplane which is far more costly and logistically challenging. The two big white buildings you can see in the distance are the Collier County Government Center, and you can also see the Naples skyline toward the end. Enjoy the view!

 

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