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Wildlife Research Using Drones

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North Star, in collaboration with Bright Wing, is a commercial UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) company specializing in aerial data collection services. We utilize drone technology and remote sensing to collect actionable data for a variety of applications and industries. We offer affordable, high-resolution, aerial photography, videography, and photogrammetry.

Our drones can be configured with various payloads to collect your project data.

• Visual
• Thermal
• Near Infrared
• Multispectral
• Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)
• Etc…you tell us

North Star and Bright Wing can provide the following deliverables:

• High-resolution aerial imagery and video
• Geolocated imagery
• Digital orthophoto maps
• 3D point-clouds
• 3D models
• Thermal data
• Plant health maps (NDVI)
• Digital surface models
• Elevation data
• Contour maps
• Volumetric data

Our datasets can be delivered in a variety of formats and are compatible with available software programs, including AutoCAD and ArcGIS. By combining drone data with powerful processing and analytics tools, we can provide valuable, on-demand data solutions to improve business performance and functionality. Our data collection process is broken down into four steps:

1. Flight planning / data acquisition planning
2. Conducting flight and collecting data
3. Processing data
4. Delivering product


In addition to providing drone services, North Star and Bright Wing can design, build, test, and deliver custom, mission-specific drone aircraft and payloads to meet our clients’ needs.


We offer on-site training for clients wanting to conduct drone operations in-house. Our training program covers everything you need to know about establishing a successful drone operation. Our goal is to get our clients in the air as quickly and efficiently as possible, while strongly emphasizing safety and legality. Topics include:

• UAS regulations and pilot certification
• Aircraft operations
• Choosing the best aircraft and sensors for your mission
• Data collection practices
• Insurance
• Managing your drone operation and streamlining workflows
• Data processing and analytics

North Star and Bright Wing have experience providing UAS services in the following industries:

• Construction
• Utilities
• Environmental
• Wildlife Research
• Mapping and surveying
• Real estate
• Marketing and advertising
• Insurance

With regard to wildlife research applications, drone technology (both fixed wing and copter) can be used in an ever increasing variety of ways, such as:

• Aeriel surveys
• Thermal imagery
• Nest examinations
• Habitat analysis and usage
• VHF tracking (extends receiving range)
• Cliff aerie examinations

Our pricing is based on a job-by-job basis, depending on clients needs. Please contact us to discuss your project and to get a quote, to schedule a job, or to inquire about our services.

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Spooked Osprey (left) and 3D Model derived from drone data (right)