31 October 2018
Vol 3, Issue 23

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ONLINE COVER Tracking Progress. Recent advances in animal tags have improved remote tracking of larger species; however, this technology is not suitable for up to 70% of bird and mammal species. Efforts to automate small-animal tracking have had limited success. Cliff et al. developed an approach for tracking radio-tagged wild swift parrots by using an autonomous, lightweight aerial robot equipped with a miniaturized sensor and estimation algorithms. The robotic system was able to estimate the location of a tagged bird in its winter range as accurately and quickly as an experienced human tracker. [CREDIT: AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY]