Work by GIS experts is transforming CAVU imagery into analytical data that helps our partners better understand conservation management effectiveness. This recent example takes images collected for our partners at Association Costa Rica Por Siempre, and demonstrates the extent of the typha invasion happening at Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica. This plant species is choking out native vegetation, decreasing the amount of suitable habitat for waterbird species. Efforts are underway by park managers to eradicate the species through mechanical intervention. In this series of data, typha is denoted by the pink areas on the maps, areas in yellow depict the areas where intervention has taken place.
CAVU and ACRXS are in year two of a multi-year partnership to monitor the park.