The Use of Drones in Wildlife Conservation

Due to COVID-19, this conference has been postponed until summer of 2021. Please check back for further updates. Dates to be announched this fall.

Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are currently and will play an ever-broader role in research and management of natural resources. This relatively new technology is currently being used for real-time and remote sensing surveillance of wildlife, habitat analysis, search and rescue of outdoor recreationists, wildlife and conservation law enforcement and of course beautiful and thrilling panoramas of natural ecosystems. Researchers, natural resource managers, agency personnel, educators, students, and the general public are all welcomed to attend this conference on the beautiful campus of Paul Smith’s College in New York’s Adirondack Park. The agenda will include six indoor presentations followed by three outdoor demonstrations on the use of drones by practitioners. Seats will be limited. Participants must register ahead of time. Attendees are encouraged to make this mid-summer event a family recreational vacation.

Lodging: Dorm rooms at Paul Smith’s College will be available – contact Sarah Wheeler at if interested. You can also choose to reserve a room in town, in Saranac Lake. You can also camp at locations such as NYSDEC Fish Creek Campground.

Dining: On July 31, lunch will be provided by Paul Smith’s College to registered participants. Other meals are on your own and can be obtained at the college cafeteria or in Saranac Lake which is about 20 minutes away from campus. On the registration form, please check meals you’re likely to purchase on campus.

Participants can earn Continuing Education Unit credits (CEU) through national chapter of The Wildlife Society – check back for updates!

For questions, contact Jorie Favreau at


Titles and abstracts of speakers will be posted on this page as finalized.

Day 1 – TBD
5:00-7:00 p.m. Registration and room check-in

Day 2 – TBD
7:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and room check-in
8:00 a.m. Open displays/vendors and registration
9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:10 Three speakers
10:25 BREAK – light refreshments provided
10:45 Three speakers
NOON Catered lunch – deli buffet
1:15-5:00 p.m. Three simultaneous one-hour demonstrations in a round-robin format with one-third of the pre-assigned attendees.
6:00 p.m. Dinner on your own (PSC cafeteria or on your own)
7:30-9:00 p.m. Presentation on use of drones in recreational photography followed by social

Abbreviated proceedings will be available

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