"We see them very rarely so it is always very exciting. They can cover large distances quite fast so following them is very difficult. Their speed is surprising since they do not look like they are designed for flight, they have short wings, short tail and a round bulky body," says researcher Rebecca Stirnemann, to mongabay.com. "I have now heard them call a few times. The call is a mix of a cow 'moo' and a pigeon 'coo,' rather endearing."
Now that little dodos have proven a willingness to reproduce, Stirnemann has devised a plan to help make life easier for the next generation. But because tracking the birds through the thick tropical jungle as they fly overhead is difficult, the researcher has a plan to monitor them with drones.
"On sensing a weak signal from one postage-stamp-sized tag fixed to an animal, a drone can fly towards the creature on autopilot and retrieve the tag's data," she says. The data would reveal crucial information about their distribution, revealing which areas are most in need of protection.