Conservation of Sagebrush Habitat

Researchers from the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Boise State University, and Idaho State University are using UAS systems to study the quality of sagebrush habitat for pygmy rabbits in southern Idaho. Cameras mounted on aerial vehicles provide information about the chemical makeup and nutritional value of sagebrush plants, which helps researchers understand how pygmy rabbits select habitat and how it can best be preserved for them.

The research is funded by a $341,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and is a collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management.

Jennifer Forbey, BSU
Janet Rachlow, UI
Boise State researcher Jennifer Forbey prepares an unmanned aerial system for launch in the Idaho desert