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Posted by Halifax1 | Jan 27, 2017 @ 09:58 PM | 3,390 Views
Riley (2.5 year old West German/Czech-line German shepherd dog), Amber (10 month female West German-line GSD) and their Arrma Nero in the snow:...Continue Reading
Posted by Halifax1 | Jan 07, 2017 @ 10:58 PM | 3,084 Views
Here is a sample image showing the power of UAS in capturing imagery that would otherwise never be seen by the public. It is an important illustration of how not to manage your land.

CT DEEP Wildlife Division has been conducting forest clearcuts across the state to increase habitat for the declining New England cottontail (NEC) rabbit. They have also been vigorously advocating for such management on private lands.

This was a recon flight over the Goshen Wildlife Management Area in NW Connecticut to document the spatial attributes of the 60-acre cut. Note that forest-edge effects radiate an additional 1000LF into the surrounding forest. The small woodland patch in the middle of the clearing was left to protect a listed endangered plant. Their plan is to let the clearcut advance to shrub habitat to accommodate the rabbit. The forest right here is post-agricultural, demonstrated by the leveled nature of the cleared ground, and probably 75-100 years old.

The problem here is not rabbits but in management not backed by the latest science. The literature indicates that instead of clearcuts, NECs prefer 30% tree canopy cover. Thus, proper management will require several entries into this stand over the next 50-75 years to regrow and shape tree density and distribution into an optimal geometry for NEC.

A second issue, unique to this site, is the listed rare plant population now isolated within a forest island. Fundamental ecology demonstrates that this population will...Continue Reading
Posted by Halifax1 | Jan 27, 2016 @ 06:35 AM | 4,130 Views
Flying in NW CT the day after the big mid-Atlantic snowstorm. We didn't get a single flake but the sky the day after was astounding. NW winds to 28mph made for a bumpy ride so we stashed the Attitudes and flew via monitor. Aircraft is a converted Apprentice with Dragonlink, ET OSD Pro, Mobius wide-angle, and 1.2GHz downlink.
Posted by Halifax1 | Jan 01, 2016 @ 05:01 PM | 5,669 Views
Here are some images from my work at the Bunnell Preserve in far upper NW New Hampshire, taken in late December before the first snowfall in this remarkably dry and warm early winter. The Bunnell Preserve is a 10,000-acre Forever Wild sanctuary that includes 13 peaks over 3,000 feet and the highest density of endangered species of any preserve in New Hampshire. We were exploring access points and peripheral launch sites in advance of high-resolution mapping using a Finwing Penguin, Pixhawk, and Canon SX260 rig later in 2016.
Posted by Halifax1 | Oct 15, 2015 @ 07:37 PM | 4,465 Views
Flying over a work site at the Colby Hill Ecological Research Station in Bristol / Lincoln, VT on Monday, 12 October 2015. Flying the QAV400 in quite windy conditions. This is in the core of the Green Mountain National Forest.
Posted by Halifax1 | Aug 28, 2014 @ 07:00 PM | 4,889 Views
We took advantage of no one being around at dawn to run the Wraith and the Summit on Sand Beach on the eastern reach of Acadia National Park. Such beaches are a rare feature in Downeast Maine. We both burned through a full pack screaming around on the wet-packed sand ... what a blast.

Pretty grateful to have a wife who runs a public library in her professional life and then enjoys RC trucks and crawlers for R&R. She's also my observer pilot when we fly airplanes and quads, and my crew chief when we race Formula V in SCCA Club Racing. She is distinctly not a tomgirl - more like a princess. What a gal.
Posted by Halifax1 | Aug 23, 2014 @ 06:53 AM | 4,641 Views
Our Wraith and Summit gave us a great morning of exploration on the pink granite ledges and outcrops at Acadia National Park. It was a blast working them around the terrain and the jack pine and lowbush blueberry patches. We tread lightly as some of the lichen patches here are very old and very fragile and are always to be avoided. Crawling is also a great RC alternative now that the National Park Service has issued a temporary ban on flying in the parks while they work on rulemaking.
Posted by Halifax1 | Apr 12, 2014 @ 07:17 PM | 5,571 Views
FPV Wraith exploring Sandy Brook, a wild river in Algonquin State Forest in Colebrook, CT. FPV rig is 5.8 GHz 600mW IRC VTx to flat panel antenna about 1000LF away (and indoors). Camera is a Mobius wide-angle rig.

Here's a 3 min. video after ice-out in an April storm:

Sandy Brook after a spring rain and snow storm, April 16, 2014. (3 min 2 sec)

Posted by Halifax1 | Oct 05, 2013 @ 09:23 AM | 6,409 Views
Sandy Brook ravine and Algonquin State Forest on the MA line in NW CT.