Tracking turtles via drone

After returning from a semester break, Boston College freshman Branick Weix had something unusual and inspiring to share: his weeklong trip to Costa Rica to help researchers track endangered sea turtles. Through his company, SkyLink Productions, the Minnesota native partnered with the nonprofit group Seeds of Change and used an array of drones to help researchers study nesting turtles on a remote peninsula of the Central American country.

Weix’s idea was to see how well a pre-programmed drone could help survey the population and nesting habits of those species. His work was well-received. Researchers he worked with were so enthusiastic about the drone technology that they talked about using it for other projects, such as studying crocodiles, migrating birds, rain forests and even active volcanoes in the area.

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