Each spring I have the opportunity to spend a few days in the helicopter surveying nesting Canada geese in Kentucky. I fly approximately 75 square mile plots across the eastern 1/2 of the state. The opject is to count every goose and nest within the randomly selected blocks. The helicopter allows us to cover a lot of ground quickly. These surveys are used to estimate populations of temperate nesting Canada geese in Kentucky. These population estimates guide harvest management for the state and the Mississippi Flyway.
The bonus is that I get the chence to shoot a picture or two while flying between plots. I love the different perspective being above can give every day objects and places.