In partnership with various state and federal agencies, our team pioneered the practice of utilizing aerial infrared (AIR) for wildlife surveys – which have been detailed in numerous peer-reviewed professional publications.
WE PIONEERED AERIAL INFRARED WILDLIFE SURVEYS
OAR pioneered the use of aerial infrared imaging (AIR) detection surveys and population censuses for numerous avian upland game species, including the Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). These methods provide the most accurate, most defensible, and least invasive population data for this species of great concern across 6 states within the Great Basin and counting.
WILD HORSE & BURRO CENSUS
OAR has a documented detection rate of over 95% for AIR surveys of wild horses and burros across the western US. Through our high altitude, EO/IR combination-sensor surveys and our Augmented Reality System, individuals, foals, and specific herd compositions can be identified, eliminating double counting and herd spooking, and creating the most efficient surveys possible.
POLAR BEAR DEN DETECTIONS
Non-invasive, large-scale surveys across the Arctic Coast provide high-resolution, real-time information about polar bear denning behaviors across northern Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). These den detections provide valuable information for northern industries, as well as inform conservation efforts through partnerships with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Whether it is winter concentrations, migration tracking, or census of geographically distinct populations, OAR has developed customized survey protocols for over 28 species and counting including deer, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, pronghorn, raptors, moose and bears.
OAR has tracked wildlife using tried and true telemetry methods for over 15 years. Wildlife ranging from deer, elk, bears, and wolves to grouse, ravens, murrelets, and beavers.
Telemetry, individual identification, and telemetry all come together in a sophisticated symphony of remote sensing of newborn wildlife. OAR can find individual females and confirm reproductive status (given birth or not) and location data directly to boots on the ground for monitoring.
With our extensive expertise in aerial data collection, our team focuses on answering the specific scientific questions at hand to meet project requirements as efficiently as possible. OAR success stems from the specialized team of pilots and field experts who ensure expediency of the project workflow from experimental design to survey implementation. This approach benefits our clients by saving time, effort, and money while providing high-quality, defensible data products. We pride ourselves on obtaining excellence in natural resource data acquisition within project scope, on time, and within established budgets. Wildlife survey insights can include:
- Geographic population census
- Migration monitoring
- Neonate detection and monitoring
- Mark and recapture
- Winter habitat concentrations
* Survey protocols are species and habitat-specific
HOW WE DO IT.
Military-grade remote sensing technologies mounted on a mission’s best-suited aircraft and coupled with advanced analytics and data processing deliver results for actionable insight into missions ranging from animal counts to habitat mapping to simultaneous multi-variate data acquisition.