Establishing an AI Enabled Drone Monitoring Network for Wildlife
Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants Program
We are building a wildlife conservation network to monitor koalas and other animals in and adjacent to South East Queensland bushfire affected areas, using a powerful combination of drones and automated detection. We will develop the capacity of existing Landcare and other community groups to conduct drone surveys for wildlife detection, drawing on their local knowledge, skill and expertise to enable effective on-ground management for koalas and a range of other species in key areas. We will create an AI powered hub for remote, rapid analysis of the wildlife monitoring data that has been collected. QUT is lead organisation providing expertise in conservation ecology, drones, development of AI algorithms and the Data Portal, with watergum.org and Noosa and District Landcare as essential on-ground partners.
Ngarang-Wal site on-ground monitoring completed. Successful reconciliation plan activity schedule. Koala scat surveys completed.
QUT Workshop completed by Watergum. Reconciliation project plan completed. Koala scat surveys completed.
Noosa and District Landcare
Dangerbridge Maintenance works continuing with good success. Field visit and site check held by funding bodies (Greenfleet and QTFN) 28th January with positive confirmation of successful planting and maintenance works.
Cooloothin Creek infill revegetation works
Species list finalised and plants propagated.
• Field crew scheduled for 24th Feb and 10th of March for all trees to be planted.
• Community Tree Plant scheduled for 12th March on site.
• Remote Operator training certificate and completed by Watergum and Noosa Landcare – RePL <25kg & Night Flight certification achieved by NDLG staff. Difficulties attracting new Kabi Kabi trainees as part of other projects linked to this one. 3 positions advertised twice with nil applications.
• Chief Pilot training course / CASA application completed – in train