Ecologists Bested by Drone in a Competition to Count Birds. Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska.

A novel experiment pitted a drone against experienced wildlife spotters to estimate the size of faux flocks.

Two-thousand rubber duckies would make for a pretty epic bath. Or in this case, a first-of-its-kind science experiment. Ecologist Jarrod Hodgson used thousands of rubber duck decoys in a new competitive experiment that matched experienced ecologists against a drone to see which counts wildlife more accurately.

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