Drones Over Tomales Bay

Dec 16, 2013

The gasoline powered T-hawk drone is too noisy to sneak up on waterfowl or anyone else.

There were government-sponsored drones in the air over Tomales Bay last week, but they were armed only with cameras to count wintering waterfowl.

The smaller Raven type of drone is more versatile, but can only carry a very small amount of gear.

The annual waterfowl surveys—usually conducted in early January—are used, in part to set the limits for duck hunting each year. But biologist Orein Richmond of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, says the information gathered has numerous other uses as well.