VOLAERO DRONES FIGHTS EVERGLADES’ PYTHON INVASION WITH THERMAL CAMERAS
Miami-based drone-tech startup, together with Bill Booth Outdoors, records first-ever drone thermal video footage of python capture at night
VolAero Drones is working with famed outdoorsman Bill Booth to demonstrate that drones equipped with the latest thermal imaging equipment can effectively spot and track pythons at night – the prime hunting time. Over 100,000 Burmese pythons infesting the Florida Everglades have decimated 90 percent of small wildlife while surviving all attempts at eradication.
“Python hunters finally have a tool to make hunting more efficient, bringing down the python numbers that are devastating Florida’s Everglades,” said Booth. “This drone and thermal technology is light-years ahead of shining a flashlight into the darkness and hoping for the best. The thermal imagery picked up not just the monster pythons, but also native snakes as small as 18 inches. This suggests that we’ll be able to spot and eliminate clusters of python hatchlings, which will help curb their reproductive cycle.”
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The demonstration video, (https://youtu.be/5gviPwEvk-o) recorded at night in the Florida Everglades on Nov. 11, clearly shows the thermal outline of a massive Burmese python being captured by Bill Booth.
“We are happy to advance our relationship with Bill Booth, Florida’s number one snake hunter. Along with Bart Bruni, of Bruni Infrared Inc., who is one of 21 certified Master Thermographers in the world, we’ve put tech to use where traditional methods have been ineffective in resolving this environmental challenge,” said Charles Zwebner, CEO of VolAero.
VolAero will be sharing this demonstration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Everglades National Park, South Florida Water Management District and other organizations engaged in python eradication campaign.
Zwebner invites inquiries from interested parties wishing to collaborate on drone technology solutions to environmental challenges. VolAero has also started a crowdfunding campaign. To view VolAero case studies and learn how to support the company’s work, visit startengine.com/volaero.
About VolAero Drones
VolAero is a professional drone services company that integrates cutting-edge drone, imagery, and processing technologies to save time, money and resources for its clients. volaerodrones.com.
About Bill Booth
Florida native Bill Booth’s love for the outdoors began as a young boy. An avid hunter and fisher, Bill is now a professional guide and expedition leader as well as a Florida-licensed python hunter. His media appearances include National Geographic, CNN, the History Channel and a Canadian documentary series. billboothoutdoors.com.