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Studying nature from the air: The use of drones for collecting natural history data with Andrew Moore – at the DRB

13 July 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Main Talk

Speaker: Andrew D Moore, Chief Remote Pilot and Scientist

Topic: Views of nature and the Perth Hills from the air: The use of drones for collecting natural history data.

Date:  Friday July 13th 2018 at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

Venue: Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, Off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda.

Speaker background: 

Andrew’s dream has always been to see the world from above. For the past twenty years, he has been building and flying remote controlled aircraft (aka drones) making his dream not only a reality but into a business. Andrew combines his passion for aerial photography with a solid grounding in Ecology and GIS (geographical information systems) to be a ‘scientist in the sky with his feet firmly on the ground’. He has 20 years’ experience in remote controlled aircraft system development and piloting, 20 years’ experience in mapping using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and 20 years’ experience in Ecology. He now runs a business called Aerial Environment which is an aerial photography consultancy based in Fremantle, which is passionate about capturing and sharing the view from above. The picture is one taken from Seagrass mapping at Woodman’s point.

For more information on Andrew’s work: http://www.aerialenvironment.com/

Topic content: Andrew has a great list of topics to cover and will also take your questions on drones, and will bring one along to show you. He will explain the use of drones for natural history projects with specific reference to work he has done in the Perth Hills. He will also explain what a drone actually is; work he has done for Murdoch University looking at the use of drones for forest monitoring along the Scarp and the impact of climate change; the work he has been doing with Simon Cherriman filming Wedge-tailed Eagles; his work on monitoring tree plantings for Carbon Neutral; and his seagrass, mangrove, and rehabilitation monitoring in Shark Bay … and more! He has some spectacular vision he will show us too.


Kids talk: A 5 minute talk by 14 year old Ben Walker on “The use of robotics in the making of natural history films”. Ben had us all enthralled with his talk on “The use of robotics in agriculture” at our May meeting and so we invited him straight back.

“Apps for Nats”. Each month Kendra Campbell, our “Apps for Nats” co-ordinator gives a 5 minute overview of, and shows, a reputable App which covers an aspect of natural history. She explains what the App is, what it does and how you can get it. This month’s app is WA Museum’s Field Guide to Western Australian Fauna: http://museum.wa.gov.au/apps/wam-fieldguide

A monthly nature competition for children. When a child (16 or under) comes along to a meeting they are invited to bring a drawing, craft work, story, study or video on the topic to the next meeting. Small prizes are given each month, and at our Christmas event children are invited to bring back all their entries and a grand prize is given. Thus, any child who was at our “Wonderful Wallabies” talk in June can enter the competition this month. Anyone attending this “Drones” night can enter the competition in August.

A “Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table, e.g. a sample flower, a sample of geology, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. One of our experts will identify them or talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to Rachel, our MC, and she will include it on her PowerPoint slides: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au


Time: Please come early at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start as it will be a very popular night and we start promptly. We are open from 7pm. We finish at 9.30pm.

Venue: “Home of the DRB”, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda, Western Australia.

Level: This will be ideal for both children, teenagers and adults, amateurs and scientists, beginners and those with advanced knowledge … bring the whole family.

Donation: We invite a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made food and biscuits – including gluten free.

Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.

Bookings: Bookings are not required. Come early to get a seat at the front though as this will be a popular night. Doors open at 7pm.



13 July 2018
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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