31 May '17, 4pm

Counting Albatrosses from Space featuring @drmichellelarue

Counting Albatrosses from Space featuring @drmichellelarue

Nearly 400 miles above earth, there’s a hunk of metal taller than an elephant and heavier than a rhino. It’s a privately operated satellite named WorldView-3 that’s been orbiting the planet every 97 minutes since 2014, taking tens of thousands of high-resolution pictures as it rips across the edge of our atmosphere. In addition to its duties monitoring flood damage, tracking invasive plant species, watching crops for drought stress, and scouting landscapes for the oil, gas, and mining industries (nobody’s perfect), it can help conservationists keep an eye on some of the planet’s most far-flung critters. The albatross is one such animal. With an up-to-11-foot wingspan that would dominate most people’s living rooms, these birds soar across the southern seas for months on end, touching down on terra firma only to breed and raise chicks. Many of the craggy islands albatrosses ...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/counting-albatrosses-space?p...

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